Biosafety @ SU
The Research Ethics Committee: Biological and Environmental Safety (REC: BES) has been instituted to:
(A) protect the interests of researchers, the community and the environment and ensure that all research, teaching and testing involving biohazardous organisms and materials (including those of biological origin and nanomaterials), comply with accepted international and national guidelines on biological and environmental safety.
(B) to prevent and reduce exposure of laboratory workers, other persons and the environment to potentially biohazardous agents.
All research involving genetically modified organisms or research that poses a risk to the natural environment or the researcher and supporting staff, must be submitted for ethical review and approval before the research commences. All SU researchers and lecturers are responsible for obtaining ethics approval for a given project or teaching activity before it commences. Applications for ethics approval should be prepared in consultation with peers, the relevant Head of Department, and the REC's administration office.