Several major research institutions have been cited by the federal Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) for non-compliance with federal regulations regarding the use of human subjects in research. Subsequently, the privileges to conduct research using human subjects and to expend federal funds were temporarily suspended for these institutions. To avoid non-compliance, OHRP strongly recommends that educational programs are completed by anyone involved in human subject research. Other agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires proof of human subject research education for all key personnel on any NIH funded projects. National Science Foundation (NSF) requirements mandate NCSU undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).
The NCSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) supports recommendations and requirements of federal agencies and encourages everyone involved in human subject research to complete educational programs. Below are links to well established programs which should be utilized to avoid research problems and ultimately make IRB interactions more efficient.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the IRB office at 919-515-7515.
- Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a comprehensive ethics training program for researchers conducting research with human subjects.
- NC State’s Human Subjects On-line Tutorial System
- NCSU Responsible Conduct of Research
- Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams (NIH)
- UC Irvine Tutorial and Certification System
- UMinn Overview and Quiz