Dear IRB

If you have an IRB-related question, others probably do too! This column is an opportunity to answer your questions. Check in each month to see the answers to some of the most common questions asked by the research community. To find more questions from previous months, click here to search the archive.

Please send your questions to crtimes@bu.edu.


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Questions:


• Q: I am certified until June 30, 2013. My research project is ongoing, but I do not anticipate that I will need to be put on any new IRBs, so do I still need to be recertified?

A: Yes. The Institution requires that all investigators conducting human subjects research be recertified every two years. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI) to, not only meet these requirements, but ensure that all other investigators and study staff on the study meet these requirements.

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• Q: I know that it is time to get recertified again in human subjects protection training. Can you please review what I need to do?

A: For the new 2013-2015 recertification period, you must complete BOTH of the following requirements by June 30, 2013:

  • You must answer a minimum of 36 quiz questions correctly from the CR TIMES Feature Articles from September 2011 to February 2013
  • AND
  • You must answer 7 out of 10 quiz questions from the March 2013 CR TIMES Feature Article titled, “Privacy and Confidentiality Requirements in the Use and Disclosure of Health Information for Research.”

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• Q: What happens if I have already answered more than 36 quiz questions correctly from previous CR TIMES Feature Articles? Does this mean that I don?t need to complete the questions from the March 2013 ?Privacy and Confidentiality? module?

A: Even if you have acquired more than 36 correct quiz questions from September 2011 to February 2013, it is still necessary for you to complete the quiz questions related to this month’s article about Privacy and Confidentiality in order to fulfill all the recertification requirements.  Completing the March 2013 Privacy and Confidentiality module is a requirement for all investigators.

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• Q: What if I am an investigator who is at BUMC and at the VA? Previously I was able to get recertified at BUMC by meeting the VA recertification requirements. Is that still true?

A:  If you have a dual appointment here and at the VA, then you can get “credit” for doing the VA recertification and will not have to complete the 36 quiz questions from the CR TIMES for this cycle.  However, you will still need to complete the Privacy and Confidentiality module from the March 2013 CR TIMES Feature Article titled, “Privacy and Confidentiality Requirements in the Use and Disclosure of Health Information for Research.” and correctly answer 7 out of its 10 quiz questions in order to be up-to-date with your recertification requirements. 

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• Q: What if I completed a Privacy Module previously via CITI. Does that count towards recertification?

A:  Unfortunately, it does not.   The new module in the March 2013 CR TIMES Feature Article has been recently developed and will represent, going forward, the BUMC training module for Privacy and Confidentiality (HIPAA).  Modules completed on the CITI website do not count towards BUMC recertification.  Recertification credits are obtained only by answering quiz questions from the BUMC CR TIMES. 

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• Q: My PI said that my name is not in the List of Investigators with Human Subject Protection Training Certificates. Can I go to the CR TIMES and do the BUMC recertification?

A:  No. If you are not in the List of Investigators with Human Subject Protection Training Certificates, this means that we don’t have a record of you ever having completed the initial human subjects protection certification training. To be recertified through the CR TIMES, you need to have first completed the initial certification training. For more information on how to get initial certification training, please visit: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/ocr/certification/. Once you have completed the initial certification training, then you need to send your certificate to the IRB Office at medirb@bu.edu or fax it to 617-638-7234 so that we can post your certificate information on the Investigator List. If your original certification is dated AFTER 7/1/2012, or if you complete recertification through the VA, then you don’t need to complete the 2013-2015 BUMC recertification training by completing the September 2011 to February 2013 CR TIMES Feature Article quizzes.  However, everyone must complete the March 2013 CR TIMES Feature Article titled, “Privacy and Confidentiality Requirements in the Use and Disclosure of Health Information for Research,” and correctly answer 7 out of 10 questions. 

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• Q: I need to complete the BUMC Human Subjects Recertification Training. I know it?s done through the CR TIMES website. This is my first time. Can you please tell me how can I get a CR TIMES account to log in and complete the recertification?

A:  The BUMC Recertification is completed by reading CR TIMES Feature Articles and answering corresponding quizzes.  In order to do that, you need to have a CR TIMES “My Account”.  All users whose email addresses are in the Investigator database will already have a CR TIMES account, even though they may have never accessed it.  You can check to see if you are set up with a CR TIMES “My Account” by going to the CR TIMES website (http://www.bu.edu/crtimes/) and clicking on the “My Account/Login” tab.  At the bottom of the log-in page, type in your email address and then click on the “Forgot Password” button.  If we have your email address in the database, then you will get an email with the temporary password that you will use to log in.  If you get a message saying that “You are not registered…”, then try using your BMC email address or your BU email address (default) to see if they are registered.  If none of your email addresses work, then click on the “Register” button and fill out and submit the form.  Make sure you provide a working email address since we will send your log-in information to that email address. 

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• Q: I had a CR TIMES ?My Account? that I accessed before, but now I can?t remember the password I created for this account. What can I do to reset this password?

A:  You don’t need to reset the password. You can have the system send your account’s log-in information directly to your email address. To do so, please navigate to the CR TIMES website at (http://www.bu.edu/crtimes/) and click on the “My Account/Login” tab.  At the bottom of the log-in page, type in your email address, and then click on the “Forgot Password” button. The system will send your log- in information to that email address. 

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