FAQ

  •  When does my CITI human subjects research training certificate expire?

The training certificate is good for three years. You need to complete a CITI refresher course after three years. For more information on training, go to our IRB Training & Certification page

  • Why do I need to complete IRB training? What if my project is exempt?

It is a federal requirement that all institutions conducting federally-funded human subjects research provide proof of training in human subjects research protections. Anyone submitting a proposal to the UAA IRB, despite the level of review, must include a certificate of completion of training.

NIH recently updated a Frequently Asked Questions for the Requirement for Education on the Protection of Human Subjects, which provides further information on this topic.

  • What type of IRB records should I keep and for how long?

Per federal regulations, IRB records, including consent forms, should be kept for at least three years. If you are a student and do not plan on being at UAA for three years, the materials should be stored securely on campus with your advisor. The retention period may be longer depending on the study.

  • What are the procedures for a review by the Full IRB?

For complete information about IRB review procedures, please refer to the IRB SOPs, found on IRBNet in the UAA IRB Forms & Templates library for researchers. You must create an account and affiliate with UAA in order to access this library.

  • Does the UAA CITI IRB training course include information about HIPAA?

Yes, there is a section on HIPAA regs. If you would like to view more information about HIPAA, please refer to the HHS HIPAA website.

  • Who should I contact if I have any questions or comments about training or any other IRB matter?

For any IRB proposal questions, please contact the Research Compliance Office (907-786-1099).

  • Do all UAA faculty, students and staff need to take an IRB training course even if they are not the Principal Investigator?

All persons directly involved with human subjects research should take this training course, whether they are faculty, students, staff or if they are directly affiliated with UAA. If you are working on a human subject research project in which some of the other investigators are not affiliated with UAA, the other individuals are still required to have taken training in human subjects research protections.

  • Are there other ways that the training requirement in human research protections can be satisfied besides the CITI training course UAA offers?

Yes. There are a number of other courses that meet this requirement. If you have already taken a training course from another institution within the last three years, then you do not need to take the UAA recommended course. However, you do need a certificate proving that you have completed the training within the last three years.

  • Is it important to keep the certificate proving that I have taken this or another training course?

Yes. You should attach a copy of the certificate to any proposal that is submitted to the UAA IRB for review. If you took a course from another institution, then you would need to attach that certificate. If you do not provide proof that you have received training in human subjects research protections, then your proposal will not be reviewed by the UAA IRB.

Link to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about research involving children.

  • What exactly is qualitative research?

A PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Andrew Page provides a good sense of what would be called qualitative research: A Short Overview of Qualitative Research.