Educational requirement for human subject research at UNTHSC

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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 personnel has successfully completed the appropriate educational tutorial/program designated by the UNTHSC Office of Research Compliance (ORC) through the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Course in the Protection of Human Subjects, with links located on the UNTHSC IRB web site. This is now the basic standard training requirement for all faculty, staff, and students engaged in research involving human subjects.

At UNTHSC, CITI training is valid for four 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

Note that the various “Refresher Courses” offered through CITI (Biomedical- Clinical, Social-Behavioral, Interdisciplinary, etc.) are NOT a substitute for the HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH Training Course.

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 RCR courses may be required by other departments or units at the UNT Health Science Center, these courses do not meet the basic “entry level” requirement of the ORC/IRB for human subjects research.

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

This page was last modified on May 25, 2016