Do I get CME or Nursing Contact Hours for IRB training?

Do I get CME or Nursing Contact Hours for IRB training?

Institutional Review Board (IRB) FAQs Do I get CME or Nursing Contact Hours for IRB training?

Do I get CME or Nursing Contact Hours for IRB training?

In general, no. However, with prior approval from the IRB, some events that offer such credits may also serve for IRB training at UAB. Send a program schedule to the OIRB before attending the event, and the staff will evaluate the event for possible IRB training credit (Email: irb@uab.edu; Fax: 934-1301).

Related FAQs
  • Do I have to have a BlazerID to do IRB training?

    The courses in the UAB Learning Management System (Healthstream) require a BlazerID. You can register for the CITI and NIH training courses without one. However, please use your BlazerID for your CITI email address and CITI username to help the OIRB identify you and assign your training credit properly.

    About Receiving E-Mail From the IRB

    If you are a UAB student or employee, the OIRB will always use your BlazerID as your e-mail address (i.e., YOURBlazerID@uab.edu).

    If you are not affiliated with UAB, the OIRB prefers to have an email address associated with your research work (e.g., @childresnal.org).

    Each student and employee configures his or her BlazerID alias to receive e-mail. To ensure yours is set up properly, follow these simple steps:

    Go to https://padlock.dpo.uab.edu/cgi-bin/bp/chginfo.cgi

    Sign in with your BlazerID and strong password

    Enter your "real, host-based e-mail address" (e.g., drjones@ccc.uab.edu, joesmith@yahoo.com) where indicated.

    If you do not know your host-based address, contact your IT specialist.

    Scroll down and click "Change!"

    Why is it important that I receive e-mail from the OIRB?

    You could miss vital information about your research.

    If you are not able to receive e-mail through your BlazerID alias, you will not receive courtesy reminders about continuing review of protocols, IRB training news, and other issues related to UAB's Human Research Protection Program.

    You can avoid having to update your address.

    If you change positions within the university, you can change your BlazerID alias to point to your new email account.

    Account? Alias? I'm confused!

    An e-mail "account" is attached to an e-mail host server, with storage space for incoming and outgoing email and other features. Examples at UAB include _____@path.uab.edu, _____@mail.ad.uab.edu, ______@peds.uab.edu, and many others.

    An e-mail "alias" is a shortcut to an e-mail account. At UAB, your BlazerID can be used as an alias with the format of YOURBlazerID@uab.edu. That alias automatically forwards e-mail messages to the account you have configured. For example, messages sent to the alias irb@uab.edu are forwarded to the account at irb@mail.ad.uab.edu.

     

  • Does a person have to be a UAB employee or student to do IRB training?

    Usually yes, but not always

    People who are employees of an institution that has its own IRB should not complete training for the UAB IRB. Instead, their work on the research should be reviewed by their "IRB of record." These individuals should be named, and their work described, in the Human Subjects Protocol form, but they should not be listed as protocol staff members.

    People who are not affiliated with an institution that has an IRB may need to complete training for the UAB IRB. However, before they do, the UAB IRB may need to document its role as the IRB of record for that work.

    Please contact the Office of the IRB at 934-3789 or irb@uab.edu for guidance if you aren't sure.

    About Receiving E-Mail From the IRB

    If you a UAB student or employee, the OIRB will always use your BlazerID as your e-mail address (i.e., YOURBlazerID@uab.edu).

    If you are not affiliated with UAB, the OIRB prefers to have an email address associated with your research work (e.g., @chsys.org).

    Each student and employee configures his or her BlazerID alias to receive e-mail. To ensure yours is set up properly, follow these simple steps:

    Go to https://padlock.dpo.uab.edu/cgi-bin/bp/chginfo.cgi

    Sign in with your BlazerID and strong password

    Enter your "real, host-based e-mail address" (e.g., drjones@ccc.uab.edu, joesmith@yahoo.com) where indicated.

    If you do not know your host-based address, contact your IT specialist.

    Scroll down and click "Change!"

    Why is it important that I receive e-mail from the OIRB?

    You could miss vital information about your research.

    If you are not able to receive e-mail through your BlazerID alias, you will not receive courtesy reminders about continuing review of protocols, IRB training news, and other issues related to UAB's Human Research Protection Program.

    You can avoid having to update your address.

    If you change positions within the university, you can change your BlazerID alias to point to your new email account.

    Account? Alias? I'm confused!

    An e-mail "account" is attached to an e-mail host server, with storage space for incoming and outgoing email and other features. Examples at UAB include _____@path.uab.edu, _____@mail.ad.uab.edu, ______@peds.uab.edu, and many others.

    An e-mail "alias" is a shortcut to an e-mail account. At UAB, your BlazerID can be used as an alias with the format of YOURBlazerID@uab.edu. That alias automatically forwards e-mail messages to the account you have configured. For example, messages sent to the alias irb@uab.edu are forwarded to the account at irb@mail.ad.uab.edu.

     
  • Does training for OH&S, Effort Reporting, or HIPAA count as IRB training?

    ​OH&S and Effort Reporting, no. HIPAA, rarely. Only the events and courses listed on the IRB Training page are approved for IRB training

  • How do I complete (or update) IRB training?

    ​That depends on whether we have a record of your initial training.

    Initial IRB training credit is required before credit can be granted for continuing IRB training.

    If you completed training in human subjects protection at another university, or you completed approved training that isn't reflected in the IRB records, please contact the OIRB at 205-934-3789 or irb@uab.edu so that we can update our record of your training.

    Initial and Continuing IRB training are described on our training page at www.uab.edu/irb/training.

    Go to IRB Training Records in IRAP

  • I can't find my old IRB training certificate. Can I get another copy?

    ​The Office of the IRB no longer issues certificates for training. You can document your IRB training through the IRB e-reports system

  • I completed initial IRB training, but it lapsed, so what should I do?

    ​Unless the IRB has specifically directed you to redo the initial training, complete one of the options for continuing training.

     
  • I completed training, so why haven't I received my certificate from the IRB?

    ​The Office of the IRB no longer issues certificates for training. You can document your IRB training through the IRB e-reports system.

  • My name isn't listed in RA Workspace, so how can I check my training?

    ​If your name isn't listed, that usually means one of two things: either we don't have any IRB training on record for you, or we have your training listed under another "version" of your name. Try typing in only your last name, a previous name (e.g., a maiden name), or type in alternative spellings (e.g., without punctuation).

    If the tips above don't turn up your name, send an e-mail to irb@uab.edu and describe your request.

    Go to UAB IRB Training Records 

     
  • What are my username and password for the online course?

    ​We don't know, but we may be able to help you find out:

    What course are you trying to take?

    CITI: The CITI courses are not tied to BlazerIDs, so you have to register and choose a username and password. If you registered previously but don't remember your username or password, you can contact the OIRB at 934-3789 and a staff member will assist you.

    NIH: The NIH courses are not tied to BlazerIDs, so you have to register and choose a username and password. If you registered previously but don't remember your username or password, simply register again, as described in the course description.

    Investigator 101: This course is tied to your BlazerID, but you still must register, as described in the course description for the initial or continuing training version.

  • What other training is required?

    Some IRB protocols require completion of ICH-GCP training. This can be done through CITI, as described on our training page.

    For information on other types of training (e.g., Effort Reporting, HIPAA)
    Log into BlazerNET
    Choose the Research tab
    Scroll down to Compliance Courses.
     

     

     

     

  • When do I have to update my IRB training?

    IRB training should be updated once in each two-year training period. The training periods are 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, and so on.

    Initial and continuing IRB training are "good" until December 31 of the next two-year training period. Continuing training does not have to be completed in the same two-year period in which you completed your first initial training on record with UAB.

    Examples:

    • Your first initial training on record with UAB was completed in 2011 or later. Your training is up to date until December 31, 2014. Before that date, you will need to complete the 2013-2014 course (which was not available as of today, February 21, 2013).
    • You have initial training on record with UAB in 2010 or earlier. You need to take the Financial Conflict of Interest in Research course before becoming involved in human subjects research. Registration is described in detail at www.uab.edu/irb/training/continuing.

    NOTE: Courses offered through CITI and NIH are not valid for continuing training—they are valid only for initial training.

  • Which IRB training course should I take?

    ​Each option listed for Initial IRB Training will satisfy the initial UAB IRB requirement for training. Click the course names for more details at www.uab.edu/irb/training/initial.

    For continuing IRB training, you need to complete the UAB course currently described at www.uab.edu/irb/training/continuing.  

     
  • Who should complete UAB IRB training?

    You need UAB IRB training if you are an employee or student at UAB or TCHA and you

    • are listed as an Investigator or "key personnel" (i.e., engaged in the design, conduct, analysis, or reporting of research) on the IRB protocol or funding application; or
    • screen potential participants and/or obtain informed consent; or
    • have IRB-related responsibilities.

    You need UAB IRB training if you are not affiliated with UAB or TCHA and you

    • work at another institution that has an IRB Authorization Agreement whereby the UAB IRB is the "IRB of record"; or
    • work at another institution and hold an Individual Investigator Agreement whereby the UAB IRB is your "IRB of record."

    You do not need UAB IRB training if you 

    • are not affiliated with UAB or TCHA in any way (e.g., student, employee, consultant); and
    • work at another institution that has its own IRB.

    In these cases, you should have your research work reviewed by your IRB.

     

     

  • Why is IRB training required?

    ​The NIH requires training in the protection of human research participants for all investigators receiving awards for research involving human subjects (NIH Notice).

    As part of its Federalwide Assurance, UAB has extended the training requirement to all research that involves human subjects, regardless of the funding source for the research.

    All individuals involved in research on human subjects must complete an initial, approved training course on human subjects protection and must update their training annually. This requirement applies to Principal Investigators, key personnel, and any study personnel. Key personnel are those engaged in the design, conduct, analysis, or reporting of research. The IRB will not approve any protocol unless all listed Principal Investigators have completed or updated their training, as applicable.

     
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