Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Education

In compliance with federal regulation and OHSU institutional policy, all investigators, research staff, and other relevant personnel (those reasonably involved in the design and/or conduct of human, animal, applied and/or basic science research) must complete CITI's Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education.

Why are we transitioning to CITI?
Who is required to completed the training?
When do I have to complete my training?How do I log into CITI Programs with OHSU?
What sections am I required to complete?What if I have already completed CITI training?
How often do I need to take the training?Does this fulfill the NIH requirement for Education in Human Subjects?
Where can I view all of my training transcripts?
 *NEW* Refresher training is now available!

Why are we transitioning to CITI?

Research Integrity's Responsible Conduct of Research education hasn't been updated in a number of years. With the ever changing research environment, the CITI Program is able to offer the research community maintained and updated education. The CITI Program is the standard for the majority of academic institutions in the US and the Veteran's Administration, allowing a high degree of reciprocity for multicenter research and faculty conducting research at the VA.

In addition, most major pharmaceutical companies utilize CITI for required GCP training. By utilizing CITI, investigators will no longer have to take duplicative GCP training.

Who is Required to Complete the Training?

All OHSU investigators, research staff, and other relevant personnel who are reasonably involved in the design and/or conduct of human, animal, applied and/or basic science research. For non-OHSU collaborators, documentation of completed RCR education at their own institution must be provided.

When do I have to Complete my Training?

Completion of training is required for grant set-up or IRB, IACUC, or IBC protocol approval.


How do I log into CITI Programs with OHSU?

Users can log in with their OHSU Network Account at this link. You can also find OHSU listed in the Organization list from the CITI Program website.

NON-OHSU Researchers/Volunteer Researchers will be required to obtain an OHSU network account in addition to an EID in order to access OHSU's CITI account and Compass. If the user does not have an OHSU network account, an OHSU contact, like a study team member (PI or Study coordinator) will need to place a CARS request via the CARS system. Please visit ITG's page "Request Network Access for Non-OHSU Employees and Departing Staff" for more information. This request should be placed by the PI or study coordinator AFTER the new researcher has obtained their *external Employee ID (EID).

Click here for a PDF of step by step instructions for logging into CITI for the first time.

*External Employee ID (EID)
Do you work with outside researchers, volunteer or student researchers? Please be aware that while EIDs have always been required, EIDs need to remain active. Many outside researchers are working with expired EIDs and this is causing data flow issues. If you are listed as the supervisor for an external researcher and receive an email from HR asking about the status of the user, please respond accordingly. Users with expired EIDs may need to request to have their EIDs reinstated which may cause delays in compliance transcripts showing correctly in research systems.

What Sections am I Required to Complete?

Everyone involved in research at OHSU should complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) in CITI. Complete additional courses if they are relevant to the type of research you are involved in:
Responsible Conduct of Research
Good Clinical Practices (GCP)
GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Medical Devices (U.S. FDA Focus) - If you are an investigator or staff on a clinical trial of an FDA regulated product (drug or device), please select the Good Clinical Practice course. **This course was previously called "RCR for FDA regulated products". Transcripts for "FDA regulated products" will appear in Compass under "Good Clinical Practices (GCP)".

*For NIH Funded Clinical Trials: CITI GCP course must be completed by 1/1/2017 to meet new NIH regulations.
Human Subjects Research (HSR)
Human Researchers - Please select if you are conducting research with humans. **This course was previously called "RCR Involving Human Subjects" in Big Brain.
IRB Members and Administrators - Please also select if you are an IRB member or administrator.
Animal Care and Use (ACU)
Working with the IACUC - Please select if you are conducting research with animals. **This course was previously called "RCR Involving Animal Subjects" in Big Brain.
Biosafety/Biosecurity Working with rDNA/Infectious Agents/Toxins - Complete this course if you work with recombinant DNA, Synthetic nucleic acid molecules in cells, organisms or viruses, infectious agents or biologically-derived toxins. **This course was previously called "RCR Involving rDNA, Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and Infectious Agents/Biological Toxins" in Big Brain.
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) in CITI applies only to a limited subset of research involving specific highly hazardous agents or toxins. The IBC office will alert those who are required to take the DURC course.

What if I have already completed CITI training?

Have you already completed CITI training for another institution or for an industry clinical trial sponsor? When logging in with your OHSU network for the first time you will be given the opportunity to sync your personal or previous institution account (including VA) with your OHSU account. This will allow users to receive credit for modules already completed in the CITI Program system.

How Often do I Need to take the Training?

To assure that researchers receive regular training in these important areas, and in accordance with best practice standards at many institutions, all RCR courses will begin to expire on a rolling 3 year basis starting May, 2017.

Timeline (on a per-course basis):

Those who last completed the course prior to 5/2014:
Notifications begin 5/2016
Course expires 5/31/2017
Those who last completed the course after 5/2014:
Notifications begin 5/2017
Course expires beginning 5/31/2018 on a rolling 3 year basis dependent on when course was last completed.

Does this fulfill the NIH Requirement for Education in Human Subjects Research?

Yes. Completion of Human Subjects Research: Human Researchers from CITI fulfills the NIH requirement. Please contact the Office of Proposal & Award Management (OPAM) at 503-494-7784 if you need written documentation of human subjects research training for your grant application. The certification letter cannot be signed until the education has been completed. 

Where can I view all of my training transcripts?

All online OHSU course transcript data will be available through the Compass Learning Management System. Click here to visit the Compass website for more information.

Please note that course completion data is picked up each night from CITI at 6pm. Compass updates with transcript data at 7pm and updates the research systems at 12 midnight. If you complete a course in CITI after 6pm it will be picked up the following night.

Refresher training is now available!

The 'Add a Course' menu within CITI has been updated to include access to refresher training. These shorter versions of our curriculum are available to those who completed training in the past on Big Brain, or through another institution's CITI profile.

If you previously enrolled in a full length CITI curriculum and you meet the criteria for refresher training, you will not automatically be enrolled in refresher training.

You must access the 'Add a Course' menu and choose one of the corresponding refreshers to overwrite your previous selections.