Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

Study Team Requirements

Research protocols submitted to the Institutional Biosafety Committee may be subject to training requirements. Examples of training for various research activities:

Animal Use

The use of animals in research requires training as a condition of IACUC study approval.


Office of Environmental Health and Safety

  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training: Research involving human blood, body fluids, human pathogens, human cell lines, or human tissues. In rare cases, this may apply to non-human primate tissues.
  • Biosafety Level 2 Practices
  • Biosafety Level 3 Practices and Procedures
  • Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Lentiviral Safety Training

Conflict of Interest Screening/Disclosure

Each individual involved in a protocol submitted to the Institutional Biosafety Committee must have a current Financial Conflict of Interest (eCOI) Disclosure with the Office of Research Compliance.

Occupational Health Program

The IBC requires that all personnel working under BSL-2 or BSL-3 procedures enroll in the Occupational Health Program by completing an initial risk assessment via the Online Risk Assessment Tool (ORAT). Risk assessments should be updated as work-related responsibilities change.

Recombinant DNA

Principal Investigators and any lab personnel working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids are required to complete the appropriate training course in BuckeyeLearn that covers the NIH Guideline Basics. The specific course required (general, plant or human gene transfer) will depend on the type of research that you are conducting. You are only required to take one course. An 80% or higher quiz score is needed to meet the NIH Guideline training requirement.

This training will help personnel be aware of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and the applicable sections pertaining to their research.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The university requires all individuals eligible to conduct research to be trained in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All research eligible individuals must take the CITI RCR course. For more information about the requirement and to access the training, go to Responsible Conduct of Research training.