On October 1, 2000, the NIH implemented the requirement for education about the protection of human research volunteers for all investigators submitting applications for grants, proposals for contracts, or receiving new or non-competing awards for research involving human subjects. Before funds are awarded for competing applications or contract proposals involving human subjects, investigators must provide a description of such education completed by study personnel involved in the design and conduct of research. Investigators submitting non-competing renewal applications for grants or annual reports for research and development contracts that involve human subjects must include a description of such education for research study personnel in their annual progress reports. For study personnel added to a project after the budget period begins or after the principal investigator has submitted a progress report, training must be completed before they undertake human subject research and documentation must be provided to NIH at the time of the next progress report.
On November 15, 2006, the UTHSC updated its required educational training program for faculty investigators/mentors, IRB members, administrators, and all other individuals who participate in the conduct of human subject research, including those using human-derived materials. Investigators are responsible for documenting training for personnel that perform research procedures, handle investigational materials, or participate in the conduct of the research.
Documentation of completion of training is a requirement of IRB protocol submissions.
The training program used by UTHSC is the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a web-based human subject protections training. It can be accessed at http://www.citiprogram.org. Register using your UT NetID as your username. If you do not have a UT NetID, use your first initial and last name. If you are an employee of the university, you will also need to enter your UT employee personnel number (EPN). This will allow your training to be entered into the human resources mandatory training database. Contact your business manager if you do not know your EPN. If you are not paid by the university and do not have an EPN, please enter NOEPN in the appropriate field.
Once you have registered, you can access the Institutional Information page for instructions. In general, each module takes 10-15 minutes to complete. All training modules do not have to be completed at one sitting. Successful completion of the program will be automatically registered by the program and you will receive a printable certificate.
A refresher course is required every three years. CITI will notify registered trainees by email several months prior to the expiration date.