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Research Compliance Training Requirements

This guide details the training requirements for research compliance at Penn State College of Medicine. All information from the flyer is available below for quick reference.

Click the topics under each category to see required training for research that falls under that area.

Those whose research falls under more than one category must complete the required trainings for all applicable categories.

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All Research

All personnel involved in research must complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.

For details, contact Dr. Charles Lang at clang@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-5538.

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) or Department of Safety

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This includes work with infectious agents, select agents and toxins, unfixed human or animal cells or tissues.

Biosafety requirements apply to all human tissues, in addition to requirements mandated by HRPP and processes for obtaining samples. For more details, visit the HRPP website.

For shipment of dangerous goods, including biological agents and materials, as well as dry ice, it is required to take the “Biological Materials and Dry Ice Shipping Training” located in Compass.

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Annual safety training

Bloodeborne pathogens and/or annual infection prevention training

CITI yearly biosafety training

Chemical and Chemical Waste Management

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With questions or for details about Biosafety, call Ray Scheetz at 717-531-5573 or Justin Arthur at 717-531-0003, ext. 289884, or email BiosafetyOfficer@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

With questions or for details about the Department of Safety or annual safety training, contact Kevin Myers or Dana Pease at 717-531-7297 or safety@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

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This includes all work involving the use of live, vertebrate animals for research and educational purposes.

Protocol submission for this research is done in CATS IACUC.

Contact Health Physics Division if any work with animals involves use of radiation or radioactive materials.

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IACUC species-specific training module(s)

Occupational Health and Safety Program clearance

  • Accessed by calling Employee Health at 717-531-8280 or Student Health at 717-531-5998
  • Must be completed annually at expiration
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For details on IACUC-related training, call Rachel Panas at 717-531-0003, ext. 285895, or Viola Devine at 717-531-0003, ext. 285571, or email IACUC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or BiosafetyAdmin@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

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This includes any research involving human subjects.

Biosafety requirements apply to all human tissues, in addition to requirements mandated by HRPP and processes for obtaining samples. For more details, visit the HRPP website.

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Human Subjects Research (IRB)

Good Clinical Practice

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training will only be required for researchers conducting FDA-regulated research or whose research meets the definition of a clinical trial. Those doing FDA-regulated research must complete the biomedical version.

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Contact the Human Research Protection Program at 1-814-865-1775, email irb-orp@psu.edu, or visit the CITI Program website.

Health Physics Division (Radiation Safety)

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This includes any work involving use of radioisotopes or radio-labeled compounds or specimens.

Use of irradiators, X-ray sources or lasers require specific radiation safety training.

Consult the Health Physics Division for specific requirements.

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Annual Safe Handling of Radioactive Material Refresher Training

Radiation Safety Training (x-ray, irradiation, laser)

  • Training available by contacting the Division of Health Physics
  • Must be completed annually in some cases; one time only in others; contact division for specific frequency requirements
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For details, contact Brian Lorah at 717-531-0003, ext. 321436, or blorah@pennstatehealth.psu.edu; Brian Achey at 717-531-5067 or bachey@pennstatehealth.psu.edu; Heather Barber at 717-531-6739 or hbarber1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu; or the Health Physics office at 717-531-8027.