Do I need biosafety approval to receive OVs?
Imanis will be able to ship the OVs to you after you have ordered them. However, most institutes require the scientist and lab to have biosafety registration and approval from the institutional biosafety review committee (IBC) prior to using and experimenting with any recombinant viruses. Please treat all oncolytic viruses as a biohazard and take the necessary actions to ensure personnel and environment protection.
For labs in the USA requesting VSV viruses, you will need to obtain a license from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to certify that your lab and personnel are qualified to handle and transport VSV agents. Please refer to the USDA website for more information. NOTE: The VSV offered are derived from cDNA encoding attenuated lab adapted Indian strain of VSV and NOT wild type VSV.