The Biosafety Community Liaison Committee (BCLC) was established in 2009 to create and maintain trust and confidence between the University of Georgia, its faculty, staff, and students, and the citizens of the greater Athens area regarding biosafety in all UGA biocontainment facilities. The committee is an expansion of the Animal Health Research Center Community Liaison Committee, which held its first meeting in September 2004 to facilitate communication about AHRC research.
The role of the BCLC is to seek out real or perceived community concerns relative to the programs, operations, safety and security of UGA biocontainment laboratories, and to direct concerns to the individuals responsible for the safe and secure operations of the appropriate facility or facilities. As necessary, BCLC co-chairs will convey the committee’s concerns and views to UGA senior administration through the Vice President for Research.
The overall accountability of the committee is to the University community and to the citizens of Athens-Clarke County.