Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

Training Requirements

All investigators and key personnel who participate in the design, conduct, or reporting of human subjects research (including exempt research) must be appropriately trained in the protection of human subjects. Additional training in the responsible conduct of research and good clinical practices may also be required by funding agencies and other research sponsors. Requirements and training resources are explained below.

Human Subjects Protection – CITI

The University uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based human research courses to satisfy the requirement for Ohio State researchers for training in human research subjects protection. Initial and continuing education (every 3 years) are required. Additional training and educational programs related to human subjects research protections are available.

Human Subjects Protection Training

Good Clinical Practice – GCP

Individuals seeking training in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for clinical research may access the Good Clinical Practice (US FDA Focus & Social and Behavioral Research Focus) web-based programs on the CITI website. The Basic and Refresher courses contain modules that include GCP and International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) requirements, investigator responsibilities in drug and device studies, safety monitoring, and adverse event reporting. Prerequisite: Completion of the CITI basic human research course.

GCP Information

Responsible Conduct of Research – RCR

Sponsor Requirements
Researchers should verify and address all sponsor requirements for responsible conduct of research training. Federal funding agency requirements for RCR training are not uniform.

CITI RCR Resources
Individuals seeking training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) may access a web-based program on the CITI web site. The course is available in five disciplines: biomedical research, social and behavioral research, physical science, humanities, and engineering. Each course contains modules in recommended areas of RCR instruction, including data acquisition and management, human and animal research, conflicts of interest, research misconduct, and mentoring.

University instructors may also access discipline-specific case studies for use within their courses.

RCR Training

US Export Control Regulation Course

Individuals seeking training in Export Control Regulations as they relate to University research may access the US Export Control Regulation web-based program on the CITI website.

US Export Control Regulation Training