Training and education in the ethical conduct of human research is essential in protecting the rights and welfare of humans participating in research studies. In recognition of this principle, Sterling IRB requires investigators to ensure that each key member of the research team has successfully completed training in human research participant protection. Key study personnel include the principal investigator, the sub-investigator(s), and the study coordinator(s). This training includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA Privacy Rule)
  • The Belmont Report
  • FDA and DHHS regulations

Please note: Your institution may have additional training requirements. Please check with your institutional official to verify the training requirements for which you and your study personnel are responsible.

Sterling IRB accepts training completed in a variety of formats and from a variety of sources. The most common training formats include online training modules, live lectures and seminars, self-study texts that provide CEU and CME credit, and college courses. The various sources through which one may obtain training include government entities, professional organizations, nonprofit institutions, and commercial businesses.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

Sterling IRB is pleased to offer Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) educational resources to participating investigators and their staff. For additional information on this program, please contact us at

Helpful Links

Online training information can be found at any of the following internet links:

FDA and Good Clinical Practice Guidance:

HIPAA Guidance:

Recommended Book

Protecting Study Volunteers in Research

In addition to addressing current and emerging issues that are critical to our system of human subject protection oversight, Protecting Study Volunteers in Research has been expanded to include a chapter on how to implement the HIPAA Privacy Rule in research. Protecting Study Volunteers in Research is a suggested educational resource by NIH and FDA (source: NIH Notice OD-00-039, 2000, page 37841, Federal Registry 2003, page 47342) and was designed to help organizations provide the highest standards of safe and ethical treatment of study volunteers. This manual is referenced routinely for ethical considerations and insights and for a comprehensive review of regulations and guidelines not conveniently found elsewhere.

Foundations and Associations

ACRP – Association of Clinical Research Professionals

ACRP offers the training you need to be successful in clinical research today. Whether you are new to clinical research or a seasoned professional, ACRP’s educational offerings aim to meet your needs. With fundamental and intermediate-level training for monitors and coordinators, GCPs for physicians, timely audioconferences on hot topics, SOP writing, budgeting, negotiation skills, accompanied site visits, FDA audit preparation, certification exam review, and many other relevant and timely courses, ACRP offers you the training you need to be successful in clinical research today.

PRIM&R – Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research

PRIM&R is dedicated to creating, implementing, and advancing the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research. Since 1974, PRIM&R has been the preeminent source for education, professional development, and resource sharing in all areas pertaining to the ethical, regulatory, and societal aspects of the research enterprise. PRIM&R serves governmental officials, academics, human research protection programs, medical and legal professionals, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology leaders, and the full array of representatives of research institutions and related professions.

DIA – Drug Information Association

The Drug Information Association (DIA) is the premier member-driven organization encompassing the full continuum of disciplines in the pharmaceutical and related industries. The mission of DIA is to serve and develop members by providing a neutral, global forum that promotes the exchange of information critical to their professional performance and achievement. The goal of DIA is to be the most effective means for members to obtain the knowledge they need to advance their career, their profession, and their organization.