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Training Information

Federal guidelines require that the investigator and colleagues provide evidence of human subjects research training for the purpose of protecting the human subjects involved . Prior to Drake IRB approval of an Expedited or Full-Board proposal the investigator and her/his colleagues must provide Drake IRB with proof of training completion.

As of Fall 2015 Drake accepts training from the National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research. This training is designed to prepare investigators involved in the design and/or conduct of research involving human subjects to understand their obligations to protect the rights and welfare of subjects in research. The course material presents basic concepts, principles, and issues related to the protection of research participants. a research ethics training collaborative. You can access the website at this link: 

Individuals in the following categories must complete the Drake University Human Subject Research Education Program:

  • The Drake University Institutional Official (Provost of the University)
  • All IRB members
  • Drake University faculty serving as Principal Investigators
  • Any Drake project staff conducting the informed consent process
  • All Drake project staff designated by the Principal Investigator
  • Drake University faculty serving as teaching faculty to Drake students who are involved in exempt or non-exempt research projects
  • Drake students who are conducting non-exempt research (i.e. research that is subject to either expedited review or full IRB review; See Section 5.2)
  • Principal investigators from non-Drake facilities who do not have certification of education from another institution's IRB and who are conducting research with the consent of the Drake IRB or under the responsibility of the University and
  • Project staff from non-Drake facilities who are conducting the consent process either within Drake or with the consent of the Drake IRB and who do not have certification of education from another institution's IRB
  • Anyone serving as a Principal Investigator in a non-exempt submission

Mandatory education and certification must be completed before IRB approval of any new project, revisions or amendments to existing projects or renewals of existing projects. Training must be renewed every three years. Individuals are responsible for sending IRB a copy of their training certificate of completion to

The following individuals are exempt from human subject's research education requirements:

  • Research staff who perform standard of care procedures in connection with a protocol
  • Research staff who analyze data, if the data do not contain identifying information (e.g. name, social security number)
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