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HRPP 5.3 Education and Training Requirements for Individuals Involved in Human Research

Policy Name:  Education and Training Requirements for Individuals Involved in Human Research
Effective Date: September 18, 2017Page 1 of 3Section: HRPP 5.3
Replaced Policy: 08/01/2012, January 31, 2013

I.                 POLICY

A.              Introduction

Specific regulations and requirements have been issued by the Office for Human Research Protection OHRP in the United States Public Health Service regarding the responsibilities of individuals and institutions for compliance with the ethical conduct of research As recipients of federal funding, MUSC has responsibility to ensure that individuals performing or overseeing research on human subjects are educated on the ethical conduct of research.

All individuals involved in human research must complete the initial 17 basic modules focused on biomedical or behavioral/social research when commencing such research. In addition to completing one of these two modules, all individuals involved in human research must complete the Good Clinical Practice and ICH module.  As a mechanism for providing continuing education, all individuals involved in human research must complete the MIAMI CITI COURSE REFRESHER MODULE 101 and the GCP ICH Refresher every three years. Individuals with a Ralph H. Johnson VAMC appointment are required to complete similar continuing education modules at the CITI site every two years and this will satisfy the MUSC requirement for Continuing Education in Human Research Protection.

When the MUSC IRB is being utilized by the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, both parties will abide by the agreements set forth in the current “Memorandum of Understanding Between The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center And The Medical University of South Carolina Concerning Utilization of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Institutional Review Boards”.

B.              CITI

MUSC is registered for training of individuals involved in human research through the Miami Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative or CITI

C.              Background

The ethical conduct of research on human subjects is an essential component of our research mission. The principles of the ethical conduct of research are delineated in the following documents.

1.               Declaration of Helsinki

2.               Nuremberg Code

3.               Belmont Report

4.               Code of Federal Regulations-PHS (45 CFR Part 46)

5.               Code of Federal Regulations-FDA (21 CFR Parts 50 and 56)

a)              Web-Based

6.               VA handbook 1200.5

D.              Guidance on Additional Requirements of Federal Funding Agencies

Please note that protocols conducted by MUSC and sponsored by any of the following federal agencies

·       the Department of Defense (DOD),

·       Department of Education,

·       Department of Energy,

·       Department of Justice (DOJ) / National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) or

·       Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

have additional operational and review requirements.  Further information available on the MUSC IRB Resources & Guidance Webpage <>)

II.               PROCEDURES


All individuals involved in human research.  Exempt protocols do not mean exempt from IRB review and educational requirements.


1.               Definitions from 45 CFR Part 46

2.               In order to help you assess whether participation in the educational activity is required, below are definitions from the Code of Federal Regulations.  Additional information is available at

a)              “Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.”

MUSC/VA comment: In practical terms, if publication, presentation at a scientific meeting, or other scholarly purpose of the work is intended, it is probably research. If unsure, consult the Director of the Office of Research Integrity.

b)              “Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains:

(1)            data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or

(2)            identifiable private information.”

MUSC/VA comment: This means that use of tissues from living patients or examination of their medical records for the purpose of research qualifies as research on a human subject. If unsure, consult the Director of the Office of Research Integrity.


1.               The MUSC Compliance office maintains the records of education and other courses completed by MUSC personnel.

2.               Prior to release of a new study or continuing renewal of an existing study, the IRB Staff accesses the records maintained by University Compliance and verifies that the education requirements for all personnel on the study are current.

III.             REFERENCES