Human Subject Protection Training

The Charles River Campus (CRC) IRB requires all individuals who are involved in human subjects research to complete training in human subjects protection. As of September 1, 2012, the CRC IRB is changing the requirements for training. The changes include: 1) selecting* the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program as the required form of training and 2) requiring recertification every 3 years.

*Individuals who have NIH funding may complete the NIH training (http://www/bu.edu/irb/home/required-training).

Initial Certification

New Researchers:

  • As of September 1, 2012, all individuals who have not submitted as the Principal Investigator and/or been listed as a co-investigator/study staff on an approved CRC IRB protocol, will be required to complete the CITI program for both initial certification and recertification.

Current Researchers:

  • Individuals who previously completed CITI: Individuals who have submitted as the Principal Investigator and/or have been listed as a co-investigator/study staff on an approved CRC IRB protocol will be required to complete recertification within 3 years of when they completed their initial CITI certification. If it has been more than 3 years since you completed the CITI course you have one year (by September 1, 2013) to complete the initial certification.
  • Individuals who previously completed NIH or other training: Individuals who have submitted as the Principal Investigator and/or have been listed as a co-investigator/study staff on an approved CRC IRB protocol will be required to complete recertification within 3 years of when they completed their initial NIH or other training certification. If it has been more than 3 years since you completed the NIH or other course you have one year (by September 1, 2013) to complete the initial certification.

Recertification

Investigators and study staff must complete a recertification course every 3 years. Recertification includes completing Refresher Modules in the CITI program. Individuals who completed the CITI for initial certification will receive expiration reminders from CITI via email 30 days and 7 days before his/her certification expires.

Individuals who completed NIH for Initial Certification: Individuals who completed the NIH training for the initial training will need to complete the CITI Basic Course module for their first re-certification. Subsequent recertification will be done by completing the Refresher Modules as described in the paragraph above.

The online CITI Program can be accessed at: www.citiprogram.org.

If you have any questions, please contact the IRB at 617-358-6115 or irb@bu.edu.