Office of Research

Institutional Biosafety Committee Training

OBA-NIH has developed “Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules” commonly referred to as the NIH Guidelines.

NIH Guidelines require that the institutions ensure appropriate training for PIs and laboratory staff regarding laboratory safety and in the implementation of the NIH Guidelines.  On February 2, 2011 the Clemson University IBC committee voted to require mandatory training for Investigators and members of the research team working with recombinant DNA molecules and/or working with Select Agents/Toxins.  This mandatory training (which takes about 1-20 minutes to complete) can be accessed at the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) website. 

Instructions for logging on to CITI:

  • Access the site at:
  • Select “New Users Register Here”
  • Select “Participating Institutions” and find and select “Clemson University” in the drop down menu
  • Provide a User Name and Password of your own choice
  • Enter your name and CU e-mail address
  • Click “Submit”
  • Complete any other Course Registration Information
  • Select “Recombinant DNA/Biosafety/NIH Guidelines (IBC)” training

If you are already registered with CITI and have taken or registered for some other online training program, sign in and “Add a New Course” to your training site.

Important: If you may not be able to complete the required module in one session, remember your username and password because you will need these to re-enter the course site. 

A passing score of 75 percent or better is needed to meet the Clemson IBC's training requirement. The test may be retaken for verification of learning. The IBC staff has access to an online database that tracks all Clemson-affiliated CITI training, so there is no need to send a copy of your Course Completion Certificate to the IBC. We do recommend that you print or download a copy of this certificate for your own records, as evidence of successful completion of training.

Questions regarding these training requirements should be addressed to or at 864-656-0118.

For work with human body fluids including cell lines, Bloodborne Pathogens Training is required on an annual basis as well as enrollment into the Medical Surveillance Program. The Occupational Health Nurse should be contacted for further information at (864) 656-5529 or for information on work with other biological/infectious hazards.

For work with chemicals, chemical hygiene training and hazardous waste management training are required.

Recombinant DNA Guidelines (NIH)

Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Medical Surveillance Enrollment

CDC NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL-5th edition)

Chemical Hygiene Training

Hazardous Waste Management Training