Safety is an essential consideration while doing any project. A project involving Synthetic Biology is no exception. At SVCE, we go to great lengths to ensure the safety of both the environment and the project's team members. The team implemented safety measures by providing guidelines, engineering controls, management policies, and work practices. We adhered to a high standard of responsible and safe biological engineering. It is one of the team's primary concerns, and we made certain that all work performed was extremely safe. It is a requirement for any project, and iGEM also requires all teams to adhere to a high standard of safe and responsible biological engineering. As a result, we follow all of the necessary guidelines, laws, and regulations that govern biosafety in our country's research laboratories. The design of these regulations falls squarely within the regulatory scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for Laboratories, an international agreement that aims to ensure the safe handling, transport, and use of living-modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have negative effects on biological diversity while also taking into account risks to human health.

SVCE Lab Safety

We, the team members have taken special Good Microbiological Laboratory Practices before the project was initiated. Though we reduced the risk hazards of the project by working on class 1 & class 2, safety is essential all the time. The lab team concentrates more on the safety of handling organisms and parts used in the project. All the safety cabinets and labs used for the project are well furnished with separate rooms for the cabinets. Safety regarding chemicals used in the project is also considered, especially for EtBr, agarose, and other carcinogens which were always handled with gloves. The containment is also well autoclaved and discarded by proper disposables to prevent risks to the environment. All the safety measures followed by the team were guided by our instructors and we have also ensured that the final product of the work is going to be used in agricultural lands, it shouldn't be harmful to the environment and other living organisms

Bio Safety Practices at SVCE


Apart from following these safety measures, we make sure to adhere to all the lab safety rules that have been formulated by iGEM and our department.

  • Basic Record and Field Book-Click here
  • Microbiology laboratory safety protocol-Click here
  • Genetic Engineering & Molecular Biology laboratory safety protocol-Click here

Biosafety in Research Laboratories in Our Country

If you conduct any experiment with human subjects (including non-invasive experiments, such as surveys), you must comply with all the rules of your institution/country that govern experiments with human subjects. We have not conducted any invasive experiments with humans. Among the non-invasive experiments, only surveys have been conducted; they adhere to the rules that govern such experiments in India.

Project Safety

Our team has provided information 'About our Project', and 'About our Lab' in the Safety Form, and the final Check-In Form when using parts and organisms not on the White List, and had our Instructor or Primary investigator sign off on our Safety information. All deadlines for providing this information have been met.

Organism risk groups

Sl.No Organism BSL
1. Escherichia coli 1
2. Bacillus megaterium 2

Teams cannot release or deploy their project outside of the laboratory at any time during the competition or at the Giant Jamboree. Our genetically modified organisms remain within the lab and are sealed and stored in the cold room once the experiments have been completed.