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Biological and Infectious Agents Advisory Group

Terms of Reference:

The Committee provides specialist advice and guidance on the use of genetically modified organisms and infectious agents at work. Its purpose is to:

(a) Review the policy on and arrangements for biological Health and Safety matters including control of hazards associated with pathogenic organisms.

(b) Make recommendations to the Health and Safety Management Group on policy and arrangements required under current or proposed biological Health and Safety regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance.

(c) Act as the Statutory Committee for oversight of Genetic Modification.

(d) Form Project Groups to review and report back to the Committee on specific issues.

(e) Oversee the investigation of incidents arsing from or associated with biological agents at work and the preparation of reports and recommendations to the Health and Safety Management Group.

(f) Commission specific reports necessary for specialist advice.


Composition Current Members
Chair: Senior Academic Professor M Valvano
Ex Officio: Chair, Health and Safety Consultative Committee (Acting) Mr R McElnay
  University Biological Safety Officer Dr D Norwood
  Deputy Biological Safety Officer


  One Member of Technical staff

Dr M McCaigue
Mr B O'Loughlin

  Occupational Health Physician Ms J O'Rourke
  University Safety Manager Mrs L Smith
  Trade Union Safety Representatives

Dr M McCaigue
Mr B O’Loughlin

In Attendance

School/Unit Representatives:

Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research

Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

School of Pharmacy

School of Biological Sciences


Dr K Butterworth

Professor A Margariti

Dr A Mousnier

Dr J Burrows

Dr M Robinson

Professor I Grant


Relevant University Officers

As Required
Serviced by: University Safety Service
Reports to: Health and Safety Management Group
Receives reports from:

University Biological Safety Officer
Health and Safety Management Group
Health and Safety Consultative Committee
Project Groups
Other committees and Advisory Groups as appropriate

Updated November 2021