Human Subjects Education Requirement

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What is the human subjects training requirement?

  • The University of Oregon's human subjects training requirement is to provide research personnel with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the underlying ethical principles of human subjects research. In order to meet this basic training requirement, the University of Oregon uses the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training. CITI is a web-based training product that was designed by, and is updated and maintained by a number of nationally known IRB professionals and is housed at the University of Miami.

Who is required to have human subjects training?

  • All research personnel working with participants and/or identifiable participant data, including those unaffiliated with the University of Oregon, must be listed on the protocol and maintain current human subjects training. In addition, faculty members advising students (this includes faculty members not interacting with participants and/or identifiable participant data) on human subjects research must have current CITI training certification.

How do I satisfy the human subjects training requirement?

  • UO students, faculty, and staff working listed on a human subjects protocol must take either the Biomedical Researchers or the Social-Behavioral-Educational Researchers learner group. These learner groups can be found on the CITI website under the Protection of Human Research Subjects training curriculum.
  • Training must be completed every two years. A refresher course may be taken two times. Once both refresher courses are completed, the basic course must be taken again.
  • Research personnel not affiliated with UO must also have CITI training. Anyone can create an account with CITI and affiliate with UO. In lieu of the UO CITI training requirement, UO may accept documentation of human subjects training completion in accordance with a researchers’ home institutions’ policy.

Current human subjects training must be in place before engaging in human subject activities. The IRB will not issue final approval until training requirements are satisfied

It is the responsibility of the principal investigator to ensure every person on their research team is listed on the protocol and has current human subjects training certification.