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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, or the SMaRT group at SMaRToffice@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-1264.

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 the IRB/HSPO for human-subject protection and processes for obtaining samples.

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Annual safety training

Bloodeborne pathogens and/or annual infection prevention training

Yearly biosafety training

Biological materials and dry ice shipping training

(For those involed in the shipment of dangerous goods, including biological agents and materials, as well as dry ice, only)

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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.

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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 Subjects Protection Office (HSPO)

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This includes any research involving human subjects.

Biosafety requirements apply to all human tissues, in addition to requirements mandated by the IRB/HSPO for human-subject protection and processes for obtaining samples.

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Protection of Human Research Subjects

Good Clinical Practice

This includes either of two modules:

  • Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Medical Devices; or
  • Social and Behavioral Research Practices for CLinical Research

These modules are:

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For details, contact Jill Krupilis at 717-531-5687 or jkrupilis@pennstatehealth.psu.edu, or email hspo@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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.

Those involved in any work with animals that includes the use of radiation or radioactive materials must email Mike Erdman at merdman@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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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 Mike Erdman at 717-531-4222 or merdman@pennstatehealth.psu.edu; Brian Lorah at 717-531-0003, ext. 321436; Brian Achey at 717-531-5067 or 717-531-8027.