Updated IBC Training Requirements: Avoid Delays in Your IBC Review

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Office for Research Protections     |     Institutional Review Board (IBC)

The IBC training has recently been updated to meet the requirements of the NIH Office of Science Policy. Training is now taken through the CITI Program. This change also allows us to harmonize efforts with the College of Medicine so that training completed at either location is valid across Penn State. 

Who does this change apply to? All IBC study team members for new IBC applications, annual renewals, and modifications must take training through CITI. The IBC training remains valid for one year. One exception: If you completed the biological safety training (101) through EHS within the past 365 days, it will remain valid, and the new training requirements will not apply until after 365 days.  

Where is the new training located? Access the training through the CITI Program (citi.psu.edu). Instructions to add this course through CITI can be found at: https://www.research.psu.edu/education/instructionsciti.

Does this apply to Bloodborne Pathogens as well? Yes, if you are working with Bloodborne Pathogens, you must also take Bloodborne Pathogens training through CITI.

Were earlier notices sent about this change? Yes, initial notifications were sent to researchers via email on May 8, 2018 and a follow-up was sent on July 9, 2018.

Questions can be directed to: ORP-Biosafety@psu.edu