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Required Education in the Protection of Human Subjects

Prior to initiating research involving human subjects, researchers must complete an on-line tutorial and related exams. Social, behavioral and educational human subjects research is the particular focus of the required educational unit developed through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program for Tufts University SBER IRB.

All IRB members and investigators (faculty, research staff, students, faculty research advisers and research assistants) involved in human subjects research are required to complete the CITI program. When all requirements are completed, you will receive a Course Completion Report and a copy will be sent to the IRB training coordinator.


In an effort to bring Tufts' research education practices into alignment across Tufts Medical Center and all Tufts University campuses, and to simplify compliance with new and continuing education requirements, we are pleased to announce the following changes to the Human Subjects Research Education Requirements:

  • Once researchers complete the revised education requirements, CITI training will be valid for 4 years.
  • The CITI education requirements are now more comprehensive and allow researchers to choose education based on the type of research they conduct.
  • All researchers engaged in human subjects research will need to complete the revised education requirements by January 1, 2015. Credit for previously completed CITI courses can be counted toward the new training requirement.

Click here for further details about the updated requirements.

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