Training Recertification Requirements for Principal Investigators

To better align the Johns Hopkins recertification policy with peer institutions and funding agencies, and be consistent with study team member recertification requirements, effective March 1, principal investigators (PIs) will now be required to complete human subjects research training recertification every three years.

The new PI recertification course is located here: http://lms14.learnshare.com/l.aspx?CID=89&A=2&T=554443. The tool contains hyperlinks to required courses and will track your completion.

PIs that are currently enrolled in the old 100-point system have the option to complete the old course (through May 31, 2016) or enroll and complete the revised recertification course. To complete courses and/or to see how many points you have accumulated, please email the Institutional Review Board training manager, Janelle Maddox-Regis, at jmaddox3@jhmi.edu or the Johns Hopkins Medicine eIRB help desk at jhmeirb@jhmi.edu. After May 31, 2016, the 100-point system will be permanently retired.

The following are significant components of the compliance training recertification requirements:

  • PIs must complete recertification within three years of initial certification and then complete recertification every three years thereafter.
  • Recertification involves completion of four (4) online CITI courses and one (1) in-person activity. The 100-point system will no longer be used.
  • The schematic representation of the timeline for recertification is as follows and will be available on the IRB website (PI recertification first became available in 2011):
  • Any PI who completed human subjects research training initial certification or recertification in 2011, 2012 or 2013 must complete recertification by 31, 2016.
  • Any PI who completed human subjects research training initial certification or recertification in 2014 must complete recertification in 2017 (i.e., If you completed training on May, 15, 2014, you will be required to recertify by May 14, 2017). Renewal must occur prior to the three-year anniversary date.
  • Any PI who has not completed recertification within the specified time frame will not be approved on new IRB applications until recertification requirements have been met

For additional details, please consult the IRB website.

If you have questions, contact the Johns Hopkins Medicine eIRB Help Desk at jhmeirb@jhmi.edu or the Institutional Review Board training manager, Janelle Maddox-Regis, at jmaddox3@jhmi.edu. I appreciate your continuing support of our Human Subjects Protection Program.

Thank you for your continued commitment to ethical principles and standards, and for protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects.

 

Sincerely,

Daniel E. Ford, M.D., M.P.H.
David M. Levine Professor of Medicine
Director, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine