Institutional Review Board
Training and Resources
NIH Office of Extramural Research
Protecting Human Research Participants Online Course
These free,web-based courses present information about the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The tutorials are designed for those involved in conducting research involving human subjects and help meet Federal guidelines. The courses contain a series of modules followed by quizzes. Each course will take approximately 3 hours to complete. They are self-paced courses and you may return after saving completed modules.
ALL General Researchers need to take the NIH Training Course. To login visit NIH Training.
IRB Members need to take the IRB Computer-Based Training at: Office of Human Subject Research
Office for Human Research Protection
The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides clarification and guidance to research institutions, develops educational programs and materials, and promotes innovative approaches to enhancing human subject protections.
All researchers should be familiar with the The Belmont Report which can be found at the Belmont Archive. The Belmont Report explains the unifying ethical principles that form the basis for the National Commission's topic-specific reports and the regulations that incorporate its recommendations. The Belmont Report identifies three fundamental ethical principles for all human subject research-respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Those principles remain the basis for the HHS human subject protection regulations.
The Archive contains an important part of the history of human subject protections. It includes transcripts of interviews with members, staff, and consultants of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research and will soon add the video versions of these interviews.
American Anthropological Association ethics information
The AAA page also includes links to the following professional associations.
Introduction for Students
Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research