All investigators and co-investigators (i.e., those individuals who are collecting data or using data that has personally identifiable information as part of research studies) are required to complete an online course titled “Protecting Human Research Participants” before they begin working with human subjects.
The course contains seven modules, and is available at no cost via the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research. The required modules take up to 3 hours to complete and include the following topics:
- Codes and regulations
- Respect for persons
When you successfully complete the seven module course, you will have the opportunity to print an education certificate. Deliver a paper or electronic copy of this certificate to IRB secretary Jennifer Kozak, Building 6, Suite 750.
This training must be completed by investigators every two years. The IRB secretary maintains a database of investigators who have satisfied the education components noted above.
The IRB will not approve any research project where the principal investigator or a listed co-investigator does not have a current education certificate on file.