Update: Beginning January 2017, OSU will require that research ethics training be renewed every three years. This can be accomplished by completing the initial or refresher course offered by CITI.

The research community has a responsibility to ensure that the treatment of human subjects in research meets the highest ethical standard. Recognizing this responsibility, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires NIH funding recipients to certify training in the ethical use of humans in research. Endorsing the goals of such training, the OSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires education in the protection of human research participants for all researchers conducting research involving human subjects, not just those receiving NIH funding.

  • OSU study team members must complete and pass the appropriate CITI Course. Researchers should complete the training modules for either, “Group 1: Social/Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel,” or, “Group 2: Biomedical Researchers,” and pass at a score of 80% or better. Once a passing score is obtained for all required modules, the CITI system automatically generates a certificate of completion and forwards it to the OSU IRB. No further documentation of completed education is required from OSU study team members. Use your OSU email address for the primary and institutional addresses. Do not use personal or non-OSU email addresses. Please see the FAQ on ethics training for additional instructions.
  • Non-OSU study team members have two training options:
    1. CITI Course, or
    2. Provide documentation of relevant training found acceptable by the IRB or ethics board at their home institution.

If a non-OSU study team member is unable to complete, or provide proof of completion, of the above described training (for reasons such as illiteracy, inability to use a computer, or CITI training is not offered in the individual’s native language) please contact the IRB Administrator for additional options.

Approval of research projects will not be issued until documentation of training has been received by the IRB for all study team members. Study team members for whom the IRB has already recorded training completion will not be required to provide additional documentation of training.