The Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS) and its administrative office, along with the affiliated Institutional Biosafety Officers, have been collaborating to develop an electronic research management system to streamline COMS processes.  The system will allow you to submit, maintain and renew your COMS registration(s) online. Development of a long awaited electronic research management system to support the Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS) is well underway.  The electronic-COMS (e-COMS) project team has been working with Huron Consulting Group to configure their widely used Click Portal Software for Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) to suit the biosafety needs of investigators at Harvard and the 8 affiliated institutions under COMS review.  The COMS committee, the COMS administrative office, and the Biosafety Officers have been collaborating to streamline the COMS registration form and submission process, as well as the review, approval, and renewal processes.  The e-COMS system has recently undergone user testing and is expected to be implemented in May of 2014.

To consolidate user log-ins across university-wide, the e-COMS system will be utilizing the Harvard University ID (HUID) number for system access.  If you do not have a HUID number you can obtain one by filling out an application available on our website at:

Please look out for future updates about the release date and any details you will need to begin using the system.

COMS Office of Biological Safety
Ph 617.432.4897