The IBC is composed of at least five members. At least three members shall come from the staff of the organization and must have the capability to assess the safety of research, in general, and of the specific area of specialization of their organization, in particular. In cases where the organization is multi-disciplinary in nature, e.g. academic institutions, the IBC members must be representative of the different areas of research specialization in the organization. At least two members must not be affiliated with the organization (apart from their membership with the IBC) but shall represent the interest of the surrounding community with respect to health and protection of the environment. The IBC may have consultants-on-call as they may deem necessary, to assist them in risk assessment and risk management.
The requirement that at least two members must not be affiliated with the institution but must represent the surrounding community has been a problem for several institutions, particularly for profit-oriented commercial/industrial establishments who are concerned with commercial-in-confidence information. On the other hand, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other citizen groups are wary of the ability of institutions to police themselves.
As of this writing, 44 IBCs have been organized in the country.
Functions and Powers of the IBC
Based on the guidelines published by the NCBP, the following are the powers and functions of the IBC:
Review genetic manipulation work conducted at, or sponsored by the institution and recommend research proposals for approval by the NCBP;
Review regularly work with potential risks that are being conducted at the institution to ensure that the guidelines are being fulfilled;
Formulate and adopt emergency plans covering accidental spills and personnel contamination;
Report immediately to the appropriate official and to the NCBP any significant problems with/or violations of the guidelines and any significant research-related accidents or illnesses.
Perform such other functions as may be delegated by the NCBP
List of Institutions with IBC
ABOUT DOST REGIONAL OFFICES AND PROVINCIAL S&T CENTERS
The DOST Regional Offices were established when DOST was reorganized from the then National Science Development Board (NSDB) to the National Science Technology Authority (NSTA) on March 17, 1982, and vested with broader policy-making and program implementing functions.
On January 30, 1987, NSTA was elevated to become the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under Executive Order (EO) No. 128. DOST's functions and responsibilities were further expanded to enable it to pursue the declared state policy to support local scientific and technological efforts, develop local capability to achieve technological self-reliance, promote public and private sector partnership in S&T activities, and encourage the private sector to take a greater role in R&D activities. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 31 of EO 128, the DOST is also authorized to establish regional or field extension offices as may be necessary.
Three years later, the Provincial S&T Centers (PSTCs) were created through Republic Act No. 6959 on July 31, 1990, which lead to the establishment of PSTCs in every province of the country attached under the Regional Offices.
Currently, the DOST has 16 Regional Offices and 79 Provincial S&T Centers .
In its aim to deliver better service and reach out to all sectors of society, the Department of Science and Technology - Biosafety Committee is taking all effort to make its Official Web Site accessible for all users; especially those people with disabilities.
Common keyboard shortcuts are applied here. However, here are the Accesskey assignments to help us navigate the site. Use the combined ALT + Accesskey + ENTER keys.
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