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New Training Recertification Requirements

November 09, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

Last March, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Human Research Protection Program implemented new compliance training recertification requirements for principal investigators (PIs) engaged in human subjects research (HSR).  PIs must complete recertification within five years of initial certification and every five years thereafter.  Although our original deadline for completion was January 1, 2012, we are extending the deadline until March 15, 2012.   After March 15, the JHM IRB will not accept new applications from PIs who have HSR training more than 5 years old and have not completed recertification.

I am concerned that many PIs have not started or completed their recertification.  More than 1000 PIs need to recertify this year.  To date, less than 110 have completed recertification, 340 have started but not completed, and more than 590 have not started.

 PIs must earn a total of 100 points in order to meet their recertification requirement. A variety of in-person and on-line learning activities are available, including:

25 online courses offered through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative):

  • Good Clinical Practices refresher courses
  • Initial and Refresher HSR training
  • Responsible Conduct of Research

Several in-person activities over the next few months:

  • Berman Institute of Bioethics Seminar on November 14
  • Lectures offered by the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program on December 8, January 23 and February 13
  • REWards courses on January 24 and March 5
  • 2-session workshop “Bringing the Science of Safety to Clinical Research” on December 8 and January 23

For more information on these courses, course registration and recertification point tracking, please go to myLearning at

Limited other learning activities at the institutional, departmental or divisional levels, such as Grand Rounds, lectures, conferences or seminars, may qualify for points toward recertification.  The content must focus on research ethics and the activity must be approved in advance by the Human Research Protection Program.  Those wishing to apply for recertification points for their learning activity can find the request form at:   The form must be submitted 4 weeks before the activity.


Daniel E. Ford, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation