Institutional Review Board

Ethics Training

The IRB requires certification of ethics training for all Principal Investigator(s) prior to proposal review. 

If the proposal is deemed to be more than “minimal risk” then all researchers associated with the study (including student researchers) must provide a certification of ethics training prior to proposal review. 

 

The IRB requires certification of ethics training for all Principal Investigator(s) prior to proposal review, as well as for all IRB members. Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) offers an online training program that meets its education requirements for grant recipients and provides important information for anyone involved in human research. The cost is $39.99 per learner and the program takes about 2-3 hours and can be accessed here . A certificate of completion (PDF or screenshot) for this PHRP program or a similar certification program (e.g., CITI) dated within the past three years must be submitted to irb@southwestern.edu  and kept on file.

If the proposal is deemed to be more than “minimal risk” then all researchers associated with the study (including student researchers) must provide a certification of ethics training prior to proposal review. 

“Minimal risk means the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.”

Faculty and staff members who go through the ethics training themselves or who require their students go through the training will be responsible for contacting their department chairs to use their program budgets to cover the training costs ($39.99 per person).