All members of the research team are expected to complete online training prior to conducting any activities involving human subjects research. The IRB will not approve protocols in which study personnel do not have current, completed University of Arizona CITI human subjects training.
Protecting Human Research Subjects: CITI Program
Research faculty, staff, advisors, and students at the University of Arizona must complete the University of Arizona human subject component of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training program.
- To complete training, you must first create your CITI account.
- If you have a CITI account, you can log in through the SSO system, using your UA NetID.
- Instructions for logging in through the SSO system are available here.
- For assistance with either creating an account or using the SSO system, contact the HSPP.
You will be issued a training report after you complete the training program. The HSPP recommends that you print and keep a copy for your records. The CITI certificate is valid for four (4) years, after which refresher training must be completed.
Collaborators and investigators overseen by the University of Arizona IRB through a collaborative Institutional Agreement (see Ceded IRB Review for more information) must have valid human subjects training.
- Training from another institution will be accepted in lieu of the University of Arizona's human subjects training.
- Investigators must submit a completion certification, including a list of the training modules, for comparison.
- The HSPP reserves the right to require individuals to take the University of Arizona's CITI program if the training is deemed not to be comparable.
- If the project involves Native Americans, all academic research personnel on the project will be required to take the University of Arizona CITI course on Native American research.
Community member focused and publicly available training is available through the Community Partnered Research Training. This research ethics training for community partners involved in studies with human subjects was developed by the University of Pittsburgh, the Community PARTners (Community Engagement Core) of the University of Pittsburgh Clinical & Translational Science Institute, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB).
In cases where the University of Arizona CITI human subjects training program will not be used, the University of Arizona investigator must submit, as part of the application materials, a description of how they will train the research team. This training is limited to investigators. This training plan should include, at a minimum, the following information:
- The ethical principles of the Belmont Report (respect for persons, beneficence, and justice)
- Discussion of informed consent, the process, the conversation, documentation, and a discussion about the non-coercive nature in which informed consent should be obtained
- The roles and responsibilities of an IRB
- Privacy and confidentiality during the research procedures, including collection and storage of research data, and
- General roles and responsibilities of research team members
Senior/Key personnel, “the PI and other individuals who contribute to the scientific development or execution of a project in a substantive, measurable way, whether or not they receive salaries or compensation (…)," as defined by the National Institutes of Health, must be included on the Personnel form (found on the forms page) and have current CITI training before they may conduct any activities related to the human research.
The HSPP requires that the Verification of Human Subjects Training Form also include information on:
- Any person consenting subjects
- Any person with access to identifiable data
- Faculty advisors for student research
- Study coordinator/contact person
The Human Subjects Protection Program presents training classes throughout the year on request. If you are interested in setting up training on a specific topic, or are interested in having an HSPP member present training at a class, lab, or faculty meeting, please contact the HSPP.