Research Services has the responsibility of sponsoring an IRB education program for the Loyola community. This responsibility came about as a result of a federal mandate requiring that all institutions operating under federal regulations implement an education program for its investigators.
A new policy, effective on January 15, 2004, requires all personnel engaged in research with human subjects to obtain IRB certification by completing an on-line training course. The course, provided by the University of Miami, is called the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) course. Completion of the CITI course quizzes with an overall score of 80 percent is required for certification. IRB certification is valid for three years and is required for IRB review of a research project. The CITI on-line training course replaces the IRB workshops that were offered in the past. If you received IRB certification at a workshop within the last three years, you do not need to complete this CITI course until your certification expires. Please use the instructions below to access the course site which is best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later.
These individuals must pass the on-line training course:
- Loyola faculty, staff, and student researchers submitting research proposals to the IRB as primary investigators.
- Key personnel working on research projects
Key personnel include all individuals under the supervision of the primary investigator who assist in data collection, analysis, or the writing/publication of any written reports resulting from the study. On occasion, key personnel may be associated with other universities or institutions, and in such cases, proof of certification from the home institution will be accepted if received within the last 3 years.
- Faculty and staff sponsoring research.
Faculty and staff sponsoring student research must be fulltime employees and are responsible for overseeing the ethical and legal conduct of the investigator's research.