Educational requirement for human subject research

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When submitting a protocol for IRB review (both new and continuing review), the Principal Investigator must include written verification that each of the key / research personnel has successfully completed the appropriate educational tutorial/program designated by the North Texas Regional IRB through the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Course in the Protection of Human Subjects, with links located on the IRB web site. This is now the basic standard training requirement for all faculty, staff, employees and students engaged in research involving human subjects.

CITI training for the North Texas Regional IRB is valid for three years. Expiration of this educational training requirement can jeopardize any current or newly submitted research protocol.

NOTE: If other institutions have different requirements, affiliate that institution with your CITI account and take their required course / training. 

CITI Training Requirements

Researchers must take the Basic of the Human Subjects Research Course (not the Refresher Course) found within the Human Research Curriculum. This training is valid for three (3) years.

Additionally, completion of the CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Course or any other CITI course (such as Responsible Conduct of Research – RCR)  is NOT a substitute for the HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH Training Course.  While completion of the GCP and/or RCR courses may be required by the funding agency (e.g., National Institute of Health), or other departments at the UNT Health Science Center or John Peter Smith,  these courses do not meet the basic “entry level” requirement of the North Texas Regional IRB for human subjects research.

Please note that selecting and completing an inappropriate CITI training course may delay IRB review and approval of the protocol/application.

This page was last modified on January 6, 2019