Human Subjects

13. I would like to learn more about the revised Common Rule. Are there any trainings/resources that are available?

“Revised Common Rule” module is available through CITI that can help you understand the general provisions (non-UMass specific) of the revised Common Rule. Once you log in to your CITI account, click “View Courses” and the Revised Common Rule Course will be listed.  This course is OPTIONAL and does not satisfy the requirements for human subjects training.

OHRP has also developed educational materials and a list of frequently asked questions.

7. My study was approved on or after January 21, 2019. How would I know if I need to submit a renewal in the coming year?

Your IRB approval letter will indicate the designation as requiring or not requiring a continuing review/renewal.  Continuing review will no longer be required as a general practice unless the IRB reviewer explicitly justifies why continuing review would enhance protection of human research subjects. UMASS IRB/HRPO will notify the researcher if continuing review is required for their study.