The National Institutes of Health (NIH) discontinued their very popular online ethics training, “Protecting Human Research Participants” on September 26, 2018. Historically, for study team members that are not affiliated with Harvard University or do not have a Harvard Key, the Harvard University Area (HUA) IRB offered this training as an alternative to completion of the CITI ethics training, as the CITI training is only available to Harvard affiliates. With the discontinuation of the NIH training, non-Harvard affiliates were left with few-to-no options.
Realizing this problem, the HUA IRB has adapted the NIH online training to a stand-alone pdf training document with mastery of the content demonstrated through successful completion of an online Qualtrics survey. Beginning on October 12, 2018, the HUA IRB office will accept the Harvard Non-Affiliated PHRP Training as documentation of completion of the Harvard ethics training requirement.
To learn more about the Harvard ethics training requirements, please see our Training page.