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Compliance Training

Many federal and institutional compliance regulations require training, both in person and/or online, often before you are allowed to begin your research.

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UB pays for all CITI training as part of its research requirements.

If you wish to obtain additional CME credit, you may do so at your own expense. 

You must maintain certifications by participating in online CITI courses. This includes:

  • Biomedical/Clinical Research
  • Social/Behavioral/Education Research
  • Animal Research

Minimizing Delays

In order to ensure that your protocol is not delayed, you should verify that all study personnel have completed the appropriate CITI Training.

  1. Ask any person who has a course within 60 days of expiration to log into their CITI account and complete the basic or refresher course as required.
  2. Ask any person who has not taken the required courses for the type of study being performed to complete them. 
  3. Obtain verification of completion for any records that do not appear below a person’s name and save electronically just in case there is a situation for which the IRB cannot locate the records. A screenshot of the Main Menu page in CITI can serve as verification.

Required CITI Courses

All courses must be the University at Buffalo prescribed CITI courses. Similar CITI courses from other institutions will not be accepted. However, some of the modules in those courses may be applied automatically by CITI to your UB CITI courses.

For Conflict of Interest Training

  • Conflict of Interest

For Social/Behavioral/Education Research the following are required

  • Human Research Curriculum, Social & Behavioral Research Investigators Basic or Refresher Course completed within the past 3 years.
  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course Basic or Refresher Course completed within the past 3 years. *

*Currently the in-person GRP training for non-clinical researchers conducted by UB can be substituted for the above indicated RCR course. The IRB no longer requires in-person non-clinical and clinical GRP training. The IRB has information on the in-person courses on record and will verify this upon protocol submittal.

For Biomedical/Clinical Research the following are required

  • Human Research Curriculum, Biomedical Research Investigators Basic or Refresher Course completed within the past 3 years.
  • CITI Good Clinical Practice Course Basic or Refresher Course completed within the past 3 years. **

**Currently the in-person GRP/GCP training for clinical researchers (parts I and II) conducted by UB can be substituted for the above indicated RCR and GCP courses. The IRB no longer requires in-person non-clinical and clinical GRP training. The IRB has information on the in-person courses on record and will verify this upon protocol submittal.

Logging into CITI

  1. Navigate to http://www.citiprogram.org
  2. Enter your Username and Password, and then click Log In.
  3. You will be directed to a course listing for SUNY - Buffalo (University at Buffalo) Courses.
  4. Click Add a Course to complete the questionnaire to select the appropriate courses for your research speciality.
  5. Click the Submit button.

If you have never had a CITI account, create one by clicking the Register button. When creating a new account, be sure to indicate SUNY-Buffalo (University at Buffalo) as your institution and use your UBIT email address for any email addresses requested.

If you have a CITI account with another institution, you can log into that account and then add an affiliation with SUNY-Buffalo (University at Buffalo) by clicking on the Click here to affiliate with another institution link toward the bottom of the CITI Main Menu page. Be certain to enter your UBIT email address for any email addresses requested. 

Registering for a CITI Account

  1. Click here and then click the “Register” button off to the right to begin the CITI Program registration process.
  2. Under "Select your Organization Affiliation" begin typing "SUNY - Buffalo (University at Buffalo)" and select that option from the drop down menu.  
  3. Agree to terms of service and then click "Continue to Step 2".
  4. Follow the instructions to fill out the remaining sections of the CITI registration form.