The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Webster University reviews all research proposals involving human subjects to ensure the protection of research participants. In Summer 2016, the Webster IRB implemented changes in order to comply with federal guidelines and register with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). All researchers submitting an IRB application need to complete a required training program for ethical research with human subjects and submit proof of completion with their applications. It has come to the Board’s attention that the NIH Protecting Human Research Participants training course we have used will no longer be available after Sept. 26. The IRB advises all members of the university community who plan to conduct research for Fall 2018 to complete the existing course and/or print the completion certificate by this date. As of Sept. 27, there will be no way to access the course, certificate, or otherwise confirm your having completed it.
Beginning soon, researchers from the university community will have access to research ethics training via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). At that point, the CITI training modules will replace the previous NIH Protecting Human Research Participants program. Webster University researchers will need to have a record of their research compliance training on file when they submit IRB applications. Additional details regarding access to CITI will be coming soon.