Training Requirements for Human Subjects Researchers

The safety and well-being of patients and volunteers participating in research studies is of utmost importance at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Using human subjects in research is a therefore a privilege requiring an absolute commitment to complying with the ethical standards and regulations that guide research involving human subjects. Investigators and members of the investigative team must complete initial and ongoing training to ensure that they understand the federal regulations and the ethical requirements associated with human subjects research. The CHOP Research Institute has developed training requirements using the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI ) at the University of Miami.

The CHOP Research Institute Training Wizard helps research staff identify their training requirements for human subjects and laboratory investigators and investigative team members. And the mandatory education requirements are outlined in the Mandatory Education for Research Policy.

CITI Training Program

Anyone involved in research with human subjects at CHOP is required to complete the CITI course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects. The initial certification period is for 3 years.

Individual's whose certification is expiring will be notified to take the CITI Human Subjects Protections Refresher course. Human Subjects Protections Refresher Training page for more information. The Refresher course varies each year and in addition to CITI standard refresher modules, may include CHOP-specific training materials.

More Information about CITI for CHOP Investigators

More information about the CITI requirements is available on the CHOP Intranet Site: Required Research Education Training page.

For those who are not based at CHOP, more information about the CITI program is provided in the CITI Human Subjects Research (HSR) Catalog.