Human Subjects Protection Training at Colorado State University

Revised Human Subjects Regulations (Common Rule) Wednesday, June 20th 2018

The regulations that human subjects researchers must adhere to (referred to as the Common Rule Regulations) were established in 1991. In 2011, federal agencies began the long-awaited process to revise these regulations and, on January 18, 2017, the final revisions to the Common Rule (Final Rule) were posted in the federal register. The effective and implementation dates have recently changed. As posted in the federal register on June 18, 2018, the revised final Common Rule is both effective and to be implemented on January 21, 2019 with the option of implementing 3 burden-reducing provisions before January 21, 2019.

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CSU holds a Federal-Wide Assurance (FWA) allowing local review of CSU’s human research projects. As part of this assurance, CSU agrees to formal training and continuing training of researchers working with human subjects. Protocols can be reviewed, but not approved until the researcher’s training requirements have been met. Co-Principal Investigators are also required to complete the training. Training records must be updated every three years (the training certificate expires after three years).

Initial Training Requirements:

Online Training for Researchers

Web-Based Training through CITI is available for you to complete at your convenience. This self-paced core course was developed in collaboration with many institutions including CSU. This training has a 3-4 question quiz at the end of each module that must be completed. Hosted by the University of Miami, the system consists of several sections, each taking 10-20 minutes to complete at your own pace. An overall passing score of 80% must be achieved to obtain the CSU training certificate. Access CITI Training.

CITI Tips for first-time access:

  1. Click “Register” and affiliate yourself with Colorado State University
  2. Enter your name/email address and secondary email address
  3. Create username/password, add security question
  4. Select the training track that you wish to complete

Students and Researchers

For students and researchers, your options to fulfill human subjects protection training requirements are:

  1. Biomedical Research
  2. Social, Humanistic, and Behavioral Research

Note that the option listed as “IRB Members” is for the IRB committee members.

Fulfilling Continuing (Refresher) Training Requirements:

Refresher training is also available via the CITI on-line site. You will have the option to complete the Basic Course or the Refresher Course for either the Biomedical track or Social, Humanistic, and Behavioral Research track.