Stanford University

Biosafety & Biosecurity

NEW! In-Person On-Demand Biosafety Information Sessions Available – Click here to learn more and request a session


Biosafety is a two-way path – to be ‘biosafe’ implies creating a safe working environment for all personnel and ensuring that the work being done does not impact the environment. Biohazardous materials include any organism that can cause disease in humans, or cause significant environmental or agricultural impact, such as:

The Biosafety program oversees the use of recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules. This includes:

You may also be directed to Biosafety if your Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Administrative Panel on Laboratory Animal Care (APLAC) protocol indicates a need for APB review.

You may view the 2022 Charge To The Administrative Panel On Biosafety document here.

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