Federal regulations require that all personnel involved in any NIH sponsored research take and pass a training course on human subjects research before embarking on such research. MIT policy extends this requirement to all MIT personnel involved in any human subjects research.
This requirement extends to all personnel who play a role in research involving human subjects including principal investigators, associate investigators, student investigators, study coordinators, visiting scientists, consultants, laboratory technicians and assistants.
The requirements encompasses all types of interactions with human subjects including, direct contact, indirect involvement, analysis of data and analysis of blood/tissue samples.
Principal Investigators are responsible for confirming that all study personnel have taken and passed the training course on Human Subjects Research, and are "certified" to participate in studies involving human subjects.
All personnel involved in studies utilizing humans as research subjects must undergo recertification in human subjects research training every three years from the date of original approval.
If you engage in Biomedical or Social and Behavioral research then you must complete a specially designed web based training course by following the link to the University of Miami CITI program. This course is hosted by the CITI program at the University of Miami and is accepted by institutions nationwide. When registering for the course, select the modules appropriate to your research activities (biomedical or social and behavioral investigators) and complete only the basic course. Do not complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course.
For non MIT personnel: Please log into the University of Miami CITI site. When registering for the course, select 'Massachusetts Institute of Technology Affiliates' as your institution.
You may need to verify if a person has passed Human Subjects Training. You may view a list of MIT individuals or non-MIT individuals who have passed MIT's training. The MIT Individuals training list will no longer be updated as of June 2019 as we transition to COUHES Connect. Investigators can still view their training on the CITI website or contact the COUHES office at 617-253-6787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COUHES may accept proof of human subject training from some other institutions.
Investigators involved in exempt research must follow the requirements outlined in the Investigator Responsibilities for Exempt Research, which includes tracking personnel and human subject training. To assist investigators in this process, COUHES strongly recommends using the Personnel List for Exempt Research provided by COUHES.
Investigators can view their human subject training and others by following these instructions: Human Subject Training Guidance [PDF] - September 2021
The Principal Investigator and/or Faculty Sponsor are responsible for ensuring that all study personnel are trained, and that any person whose training has lapsed no longer participates in the research and is removed as study personnel.