iGEM's Lab Safety Rules

  1. Teams must use the Safety and Security Form, to provide information on any safety and security risks from their project and steps taken to manage them.

  2. Teams must complete a Check-In Form before using parts and organisms not on the White List , and submit an animal use request form before using vertebrates.

  3. The Instructor or Primary Contact must sign off the Safety and Security Form and any animal use request form before using vertebrates.

  4. All deadlines for providing safety and security information must be met.

  5. Teams must be in full compliance with iGEM's safety and security policies.

  6. Teams must work in the biosafety level appropriate for their project. If your project involves organisms and parts that can be used safely in a BSL1 lab, you should not work at higher containment levels. If this is not possible an explanation must be provided in the Safety and Security Form

  7. Teams must follow iGEM shipment requirements when submitting samples

  8. Teams must follow all biosafety and biosecurity rules of their institution and all biosafety and biosecurity laws of their country

  9. Teams cannot conduct work with Risk Group 3 or 4 organisms

  10. Teams cannot conduct research in a Safety Level 3 or 4 laboratory

  11. Teams cannot conduct work with parts from a Risk Group 4 organism

  12. Teams cannot release or deploy their project outside of the laboratory (including putting them in people) at any time during the competition or at the Giant Jamboree

  13. If you conduct any experiment with human subjects (including non-invasive experiments, such as surveys), you must comply with all rules of your institution/country that govern experiments with human subjects.


Failure to meet any of these requirements can lead to immediate disqualification from the competition and referral to the Responsible Conduct Committee.