Biological Research Approval


The Biological Use Authorization (BUA) process grants approval for work with biohazards. If your research involves biohazards, it must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to ensure safe handling of biohazardous material.

      Biosafety Manual

      The UW Biosafety Manual has been prepared for the purpose of providing students, staff, and faculty at the University of Washington (UW) with information that is necessary to protect them and the surrounding community from possible hazards associated with the use of biohazardous agents and recombinant or synthetic DNA/RNA (recDNA) molecules.

      All laboratories and facilities using biohazards should have an electronic or paper copy of the current Biosafety Manual available.

      BUA Change application

      Complete the Change to BUA application to obtain approval for changes to research involving biohazards such as a new agent or new location. Submit BUA applications at least four weeks prior to the IBC meeting. Electronic submissions to are preferred. Submit via campus mail to EH&S at Box 357165 or by fax to 206.221.3068.