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Compliance Training

The Office of Research and Engagement offers online and face-to-face or workshop opportunities for research ethics and compliance training for each of the following University of Tennessee, Knoxville compliance units and related research tool:

iMedRIS – A web-based system that enables online application submission, real-time submission tracking, review, post-approval compliance activities, and data management. As of Sept. 1, 2014, this system is available for Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Biosafety Program processes. In the near future, an iMedRIS module will be launched at UT for the Radiation Safety Department. More information is available here.

Training sessions are available upon request to

Conflict of Interest — CITI — NIH is committed to preserving the public’s trust that the research is conducted without bias and with the highest scientific and ethical standards. Strengthening the existing regulations on managing financial conflicts of interest is key to assuring the public that NIH and the institutions they support are taking a rigorous approach to managing the essential relationships between the government, federally-funded research institutions, and the private sector.

For assistance with any CITI online compliance training please e-mail

CITI Conflict of Interest (COI) Training — COI training is required for any Institution/PI applying for or receiving NIH or PHS funding from a grant or cooperative agreement. Investigators must be in compliance with all of the revised regulatory requirements for Conflicts of Interest (COI) training.

For questions about COI requirements at UTK contact Dairin Malkemus at

Export Control — CITI — This online course outlines the Export Control Regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations (OFAC), and how to stay compliant in the performance of research at the university.

Note: Additional training materials can be found on the Export Control website.

CITI Export Control Training

For departmental and other face-to-face export control workshop sessions or more information contact the Export Control Compliance Officer, Dairin Malkemus at

*** New Human Subjects Research Training Requirements ***

In our continuing efforts to promote best practices for the protection of human subjects in research, and to provide our campus with methods for documenting continuing education, effective April 15, 2012, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) will require each PI, Co-PI, and Advisor listed on a human subjects application to provide certification of training in Human Subjects Research.

IRB/Human Subjects Research – CITI — These online courses in the protection of human subjects in research provide training in the areas of Biomedical or Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as research with data or laboratory specimens only.

Note: To receive the appropriate training required for IRB protocols, you must select the “Basic/Refresher” option for Biomedical or Social & Behavioral courses.

Course options for “Students” or “Other”  do not satisfy the mandatory UTK IRB training requirements and you will be required to take the full Basic/Refresher course for your discipline.

DO NOT register for the “IRB Members” or IRB Chair” course options. These are for faculty only who are currently or soon will be an IRB Member. All others will be required to re-take the full “Basic/Refresher” course.

Basic Courses in the Protection of Human Subjects in Research — Mandatory training for all faculty and students working on UTK IRB/Human Subjects Research protocols.

A copy of your CITI completion/grade report must accompany any IRB protocol you submit at UTK.

For training and access questions contact

For all IRB and protocol questions contact the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) staff.

Responsible Conduct in Research — CITI — This online program offers courses in the protection of animal and human research subjects as well as research ethics. RCR training is required for NSF awards.

Effective 25 November 2014, the CITI Program will replace its collection of existing RCR basic courses with one new basic course. This change is being implemented to update, strengthen, and simplify the delivery of the RCR content.

Learners who have started or need to take their RCR basic course prior to 25 November 2014 should complete and pass their entire course before that date. Otherwise, they will be unable to finish the partially completed course and will have to start over with the new RCR basic course.

For information on the RCR requirement for NSF awards contact David Smelser, Office of Sponsored Programs, at

CITI RCR Training

For training and access questions contact

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) — IACUC ensures compliance with all regulations, policies and standards in place to protect animal welfare in research.

IACUC Compliance Training

For more information on the IACUC visit their website at