Training on the Protection
of Human Research Participants
Instruction on the historical background, principles, and regulations that govern the protection of human research participants (HRPs) is important for understanding IRB activities and meeting ethical standards in the conduct of research that involves HRPs. At this time, the CGU IRB requires that every Principal Investigator submitting an application for review must submit certification of training in the ethical management of studies with HRPs as specified below (or a pre-approved equivalent) before the IRB application will be processed. We currently recommend and prefer that that all research personnel in contact with HRPs or with access to personally identifying data from HRPs should obtain the same training. Implementation of a requirement for submission of training certification for research personnel outside of project PI's is pending.
Online training in this domain, including certification that training has been completed successfully, may be obtained by registering and logging on to either of the following web sites:
Training certification at the NIH site is being phased out in favor of the more differentiated CITI Program training, which has curriculum options that are tailored to the research discipline of the applicant. Training time varies depending on the discipline, usually entailing several hours. The online training is self-paced and may be interrupted and resumed. There is no charge to applicants for use of either site.