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HRPP Operations Manual, Part 13

U-M HRPP YouTube Channel

Check out the new U-M HRPP YouTube Channel, now featuring sessions from the Fall 2023 Research Community Forum sponsored by OHRP and U-M.

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Read the NIH FAQ

The University of Michigan offers a variety of educational opportunities and resources for U-M investigators, students and staff involved in human subjects research.

Regulatory Education

Human Subjects Protection Training

The Human Subjects Research Protections e-Learning course in U-M's Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) training catalog fulfills the regulatory requirements for human subjects protections training. U-M employees and students have access to the PEERRS menu in U-M's My LINC training system via their uniqname and UMICH (level 1) password. Completion of this course is a requirement for the IRB approval of regulated human subjects studies.

For more information, review the course details.  

Community Partner Training

CIRTification is an online training program developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago focusing on equipping "community partners" with the necessary skills to protect research participants.           

Who Should Take this Course: Community partners are non-academic personnel such as business associates, local government officials, and preschool/K-12 educators/administrators, who may be responsible for recruiting research participants, obtaining informed consent, or collecting data, and are from organizations that do not have their own Human Subjects Protection training (HSP) programs. 

U-M confirms acceptance of UIC's Community Partner training, for community partners in place of PEERRS human research protection of training.

Who Should Not Take this Course: U-M personnel involved in research requiring IRB approval. This training does not replace the PEERS Human Subjects Protections course (or a PEERRS waiver for equivalent training) required for U-M faculty, students or staff involved in research requiring IRB approval. 

Course Description:

The CIRTification Community Partner Training course aims to provide the foundation for conducting human research, with a focus on the practical application of ethical principles and human research protection regulations. It explains the role of the institutional review board (IRB), and examines standards and best practices related to: 

  • Recruitment and informed consent
  • Collecting and protecting participant data
  • Handling challenges that may arise during participant interactions

This training may be completed in multiple sessions and generally takes about four hours in total. At the end of the course, learners complete a quiz and receive a date-stamped certificate of completion, which is valid for three years from the date of completion. 

How to Enroll for the Course: 

To enroll in CIRTification, follow the instructions below: 

  1. Visit: 
  2. Click "Register" in the top right-hand corner. 
  3. Select "I am not from UIC."
  4. Complete the registration form, selecting "University of Michigan" when asked to select a site. 
  5. Click "Register" to finish.
  6. Proceed to the Course Catalog, where information about CIRTification is available. 
  7. Click "Learn More" and "Enroll" to enroll in CIRTification. 

Once the course is complete, learners should print and save a date-stamped certificate of completion for inclusion with study records. The completion certificate can also be submitted with a PEERRS waiver request form to gain course credit for U-M's PEERRS course. 

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires study team members responsible for the conduct, management, and oversight of NIH-funded clinical trials to complete good clinical practice (GCP) training consistent with the principles of the International Conference on Harmonisation (E6). U-M offers two options for basic good clinical practice (GCP) training for clinical trial study team members:

  1. For biomedical clinical trails, U-M offers GCP training through the CITI Program.  To access the CITI GCP course, you must first create a CITI account (free) and affiliate with the University of Michigan within CITI.  See the CITI step-by-step instructions for details.  

  2. For social/behavioral clinical trials, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) offers the NCATS  Social and Behavioral Best Practices course in My LINC (also available via Wolverine Access).  This course satisifies the NIH requirement for good clinical practice (GCP) training. Access the My LINC training system using your uniqname and UMICH (Level 1) password.  Enter "social and behavioral best practices" in the What would you like to learn today? search bar, or see the My LINC step-by-step instructions for details on how to register for the MICHR GCP course.  

U-M expectations for fulfilling NIH GCP requirement

  • All study team members involved in the design, conduct, recording, or reporting of an active NIH-funded clinical trial must be GCP certified through a qualifying training provider (e.g., CITI, MICHR/My LINC) 
  • Administrative Staff on an NIH-funded clinical trial are not required to complete GCP, unless directed to do so by the principal investigator on a project or per unit-specific (e.g., clinical trial support unit) business process 
  • The study team member is responsible for obtaining a GCP certificate displaying the course completion date, and providing that certificate upon request of the research sponsor, the institutional review board (IRB), or other institutional oversight units.
  • GCP training must be renewed every three (3) years upon initial certification expiration, as long as the study team member is involved on an active clinical trial.

Other qualifying GCP training providers

U-M accepts GCP training from the following:

Procedural Education

The following U-M departments offer courses, seminars, workshops, etc. that cover regulatory overviews and specific human subject protection procedures. Training (Optional)

Learn the basics about registering a clinical trial and reporting results of that trial through the NIH's online database by taking CITI's Protocol Registration and Results Summary Disclosure in course.  U-M offers this optional training course through its menu on the CITI Program website.  

Research Administrators

  • Research Administrators Network (RAN) - mostly applicable to those administrators who work on funding proposals and financial monitoring of awards, but compliance information and processes may be covered.


No.  Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording, and reporting clinical research that involves human participants in research.  A sponsor (e.g., National Institutes of Health) may require that research involving a clinical trial and/or utilizing an FDA-approved protocol follow the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Good Clinical Practice guidelines, including ICH-GCP training for investigators.  The biomedical version of GCP focuses on FDA requirements and the application of the informed consent processes for clinical research.  The social-behavioral version of GCP training focuses on the informed consent process for clinical research.

GCP training is not offered through PEERRS.  For U-M GCP training options, see:  HRPP Education Resources.

Human Subjects Protections (HSP) training focuses on the U.S. Common Rule regulations and requirements, including the ethical principles associated with protecting the human particpants in research and the codified protection methods such as Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversight and criteria for an appropriate informed consent process.  HSP training is required by federal sponsors for human subjects research, including research that qualifies for an IRB exemption.


To ask a question, express concerns, or provide suggestions about human research protections at U-M, please send a message to

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