Coronovirus (COVID-19) Research Update April 2020


The University is committed to ensuring that the highest standards are achieved for all deliberate laboratory-based work with Genetically Modified (GM) Organisms and other biological material e.g. micro-organisms, cell cultures, parasites, human or animal tissue (including blood, urine and other body products) or plant material which give rise to a risk of infection, allergy or toxicity or are potentially hazardous to health in order to safeguard the health and safety of its staff and all persons that might be affected by those activities, and to protect the environment.

These standards are achieved through risk assessment and control, appropriate training and the provision of suitable facilities in which to work with biological agents. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) and the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (GM) regulations require all work with biological agents and GM organisms be fully risk assessed, and control measured and emergency procedures be put in place to protect workers from all hazards present.

University of Sheffield policy requires all GM risk assessments and Hazard Group 2 and above wild type pathogen risk assessments to be reviewed and approved by the University Biosafety Committee prior to commencement of work. This is achieved by the Principal Investigator submitting the risk assessment via the BIOS system.

The University Biological Safety Adviser is: Mr John McKie | Ext. 27469  

This flowchart summarises the approval process for GM and hazard group 2 or higher project work 

Other than the links below, further information can be obtained by clicking on the Forms, Information and Training symbols at the bottom of this page.

BIOS System

Gene Editing Decision Tree Flowchart

Role of the BSO

PI GM Risk Assessment Guidance

Biological Waste Page

Biohazard Health Surveillance


Other information may be available:

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