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Research Compliance Training

Find links to required and recommended training for researchers and research support staff.

To help researchers understand and comply with applicable federal, state, local and university regulations, UC San Diego offers a variety of online and in-person training opportunities. This page contains a list of required and recommended trainings for researchers and research support staff. Please click on a category below to browse the research compliance training catalog:

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General

On Being a Scientist: Third Edition

Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.

Animal Research

Required Training Who must complete training?

Orientation to Animal Research 

Breeding Colony Basics
*

Surgery- Large Animals*

Surgery- Small Animals*

All who work with animals and need access to vivariums

If your job requires you to have vivarium access you must attend Orientation to Animal Research at UCSD.

 *Additional classes may be required by IACUC depending on species & procedures used.

Recommended Training Who might want to take the training?
Wet Labs

 Hands-on technical training may be provided upon request. Please send an email to acp-training@ucsd.edu to request this service.

Conflict of Interest

Required Training Who must complete the training?
Compliance and Conflict of Interest for Researchers Briefing

University employees (identified by the UC Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services) who received a portion of their salary from extramural funding sources are required to complete the UC Compliance and Conflict of Interest for Researchers (COIR) Briefing.

The course is available online through the UC Learning Center and was developed by the UC Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services. It was designed to raise awareness of the University of California Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct and to convey important information about conflict of interest (COI) regulations when accepting extramural research funds. In addition, this briefing satisfies the COI training requirement recently imposed by agencies including the National Institutes of Health for proposals submitted and awards (continuing projects) issued on or after August 24, 2012.

All identified UCSD researchers received an email from the UCSD Learning Center with a link to the online training. You can also search Blink – Personal Tools to access the UC Learning Center and search for "Compliance & Conflict of Interest for Researchers Briefing (COIR)" to access the Briefing.  

If you have any questions regarding the requirement to complete this course, please email: info-coi@ucsd.edu.

Environment, Health, and Safety

Required Training Who must complete training?

Biosafety: Bloodborne Pathogens
  
Annual Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher




Biosafety: Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acids

All laboratory workers* prior to beginning work with  human blood, human blood components, products made from human blood, human body fluids, unfixed human tissue or organs, human cell lines, animals with human xenografts, blood borne  pathogens, or other potentially infectious materials.

*Medical Center health care providers have location specific training.  Contact the Medical Center Safety Office, (619) 543-7575, for more information.

Personnel who plan to use recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids as part of their research.

Iodine Safety

Contact the EH&S Radiation Safety health physicist assigned to building to schedule

All who perform iodinations

 

Injury and Illness Prevention Program

All non-laboratory employees including staff, faculty, students, visitors and those receiving financial compensation (stipends excluded) from the University

UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals
  
Annual Laboratory Hazards Training

All laboratory personnel before beginning work in UCSD laboratory facilities 

These courses are designed for labs where hazards are present or hazardous chemical waste is generated.

Annual Laboratory Hazards Training is required to be completed annually and UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals every 3 years.

Laser Safety Training

All who work with class 3b or 4 lasers or laser systems

Laser safety training is required of laser operators and maintenance service personnel. Laser safety training is recommended for personnel working with class 1, 2, and 3a laser systems containing embedded class 3b or 4 lasers.

Radiation: Safety Seminar
 
Annual Radiation Safety Refresher

All using radioactive materials

Radiation: P-32 Safety Seminar

Contact the EH&S Radiation Safety health physicist assigned to building to schedule

All using P-32 >10 mCi per experiment

Radiation: S-35 Safety Seminar

Contact the EH&S Radiation Safety health physicist assigned to building to schedule

All using S-35 >10 mCi per experiment
Controlled Substances Training Program All who work with controlled substances

This course provides information on compliance with institutional and regulatory standards pertaining to controlled substances.

Air-Purifying Respirator

All using an air-purifying respirator during the course of their job duties.

New Principle Investigator (PI) Orientation

Contact the EH&S Research Assistance Program manager to schedule

All new or visiting PIs before they may operate any lab facility, or direct or supervise any employee with any lab facility.
DEXA for Human Use All who perform DEXA scans on humans
Veterinary DEXA All who perform DEXA scans on animals
Veterinary Fluoroscopy All who use fluoroscopic machines with animals
Veterinary Radiography All who use static x-ray machines with animals

Radiography – Industrial

Contact the EH&S Radiation Safety Health Physicist assigned to building to schedule

All who will use x-ray machines to perform industrial radiography
Recommended Training Who might want to take training?

Area Safety Coordinator Orientation

Contact EH&S Research Assistance Program manager to schedule
See UCSD Blink: What Area Safety Coordinators Need to Know.

Recommended for those who oversee safety & compliance in a UCSD research facility

Assessing Chemical Hazards

Contact the EH&S Chemical Hygiene Officer to schedule

Recommended for those who work with chemicals

Laboratory Ergonomics

Recommended for researchers whose work involves prolonged periods of pipetting, microscopy work, dissection, or other repetitive procedures

Radiation: Liquid Scintillation Counting Methods

Contact the EH&S Radiation Safety Health Physicist assigned to building to schedule

Recommended for anyone working with liquid scintillation counters

Export Control

Recommended Training Who might want to take the training?

University Export Controls (Login Required)

This training provides a basic overview of export controls regulations and licensing requirements that apply to researchers, staff and students at UCSD. Learn about license exceptions such as the fundamental research exclusion and its limitations to certain export transactions.

Recommended for researchers, staff and students at UCSD.

Traveling Abroad (Login Required)

Export controls apply to travel abroad to sanctioned countries, includes hand carrying research equipment abroad. 

This training is recommended for anyone traveling abroad.

International Shipping Overview (Login Required)

This training provides an overview of the legal requirements for international shipping, including import and export requirements that impact shipments for UCSD. This video provides a good introduction for those involded with international shipping.

Recommended for anyone involved with international shipping.

International Shipping Documentation (Login Required)

This training includes US government and foreign customs documentation requirements for international shipments such as documents, terminology and import/export requirements.

Recommended for individuals involved in collecting information or preparing documents for international shipping.

ITAR (Login Required)

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulates military controlled items on the US Munitions List and requires export licensing and foreign national access control requirements for items controlled by ITAR. 

Recommended for anyone participating in DOD funded research, collaborating with defense contractors or those that have ITAR controlled equipment or technical data.

OFAC (Login Required) 

The Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) list of sanctioned countries includes: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Sudan.

Recommended for anyone involved with travel, collaboration and import/export involving these countries is recommended to take this training. 

Biological Agents (Login Required) 

This training details export licensing requirements for certain biological and genomic materials.

UC Webinar: Biological and Chemical Export Controls That Impact University Research: What You Need to Know from April 30, 2014. This webinar provides detailed information on export controls on biologicals and chemicals and associated equipment.

Recommend for anyone working with biological agents with international collaborations.

UCSD Export Control is available to present customized training for your lab or department on request. Contact Brittany Whiting with your training request.

Good Clinical Practices for NIH Funded Clinical Trials

Required Training Who must complete the training?

NIH issued a policy, effective January 1, 2017, establishing the requirement that all investigators and staff involved in the conduct, oversight, or management of NIH funded clinical trials must be trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

For additional information, see the NIH policy (Notice Number NOT-OD-16-148) and FAQ (PDF).

For questions on the UC San Diego implementation process, see the Research Compliance website.

All investigators and staff involved in the conduct, oversight, or management of NIH funded clinical trials.

Health Sciences Corporate and Research Compliance Program

Required Optional (Recommended)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI): Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI):
  • Human Research Protections

    Who: All Investigators and key personnel who are engaged in research with living human beings, human tissue samples or identifiable private information, or conducting research under the review of UCSD IRB’s required to take the CITI Training Program. 

Note: This will also be listed under HRPP.

  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP)*
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • Biosafety/Biosecurity
  • Export Control Regulations
  • Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)
  • Clinical Trial Billing Compliance (CTBC)

*Effective January 1, 2017, all investigators and staff involved in the conduct, oversight, or management of NIH funded clinical trials must be trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP). See the Research Compliance website.

Contact: www.citiprogram.org

Contact: www.citiprogram.org

UC Learning Center: UC Learning Center:
  • Research Participant Registration, Admission and Bulk Account Processes

    Who:Employees who are listed as the study coordinator or as the person to send the bill for payment/processing as listed on the Institutional Research Bulk application.

  • Conducting Gene Transfer Clinical Trials at UCSD
  • Physician Orientation: Research Compliance

Contact: http://health.ucsd.edu/learningcenter

Contact: http://health.ucsd.edu/learningcenter

  Research Compliance Program’s Research Coordinator and Administrator Training (RCAT):
  • Federal Regulations and Good Clinical Practices
  • UCSD Policies Pertaining to Research
  • HIPAA, the Impact of HIPAA on Research, and Protection of Confidentiality and Privacy
  • Clinical Trial Agreements
  • Budgets, Billing and Financial Management
  • Responsibilities of Research Staff
  • Regulatory Document Preparation and Maintenance
  • Patient Recruitment
  • Obtaining Informed Consent
  • Overall Study Organization and Management
  • Preparation and Completion of Study Source Documentation and Case Report Forms
  • Use of UCSD Systems
  • How to Prepare and Survive an Audit
  • Shipping of Biological Specimens (inclusive of IATA certification)
  • Basic Lab Safety and Centrifuging
  • Institutional Research Bulk Accounts and INFOPAC
  • Conflict of Interest


Contact: rcp@ucsd.edu to sign up for monthly staff education.

Human Research

Required Training Who must complete training?

Principles of Human Research Subjects Protection

All who conduct research involving human subjects who are considered “key personnel.” Find more information (PDF).

Research Aspects of HIPAA

All who conduct research involving human subjects that is using or creating protected health information (PHI). FAQ

Office of Contract and Grant Administration

Recommended Training Who might want to take the training?
Intellectual Property in Research Agreements: A Basic Course
Faculty researchers should focus on Lessons 1-4 and 8. Note: Log-on from UCOP required, see link for details

All who work with intellectual property agreements

Office of Post Award Financial Services

Recommended Training Who might want to take the training?
Effort Reporting:  ECERT Basics

Fiscal administrators, fund managers, and Principal Investigators who manage funding for federally sponsored projects

Effort Reporting: ECERT Learning Lab

Fiscal administrators, fund managers, and Principal Investigators who manage funding for federally sponsored projects.

* Contact Donna Smith at OPAFS by e-mail d8smith@ucsd.edu to obtain specific course information

Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs

Recommended Training Who might want to take the training?
Lab Management Symposium - 2009

Postdoctoral scholars & junior faculty

Postdoctoral Scholar Professional Development
Professional development workshops, lectures and programs to prepare postdocs for careers in academia, industry and public sector, and to enhance the postdoctoral experience. 

Postdoctoral & visiting scholars

Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research Training at UC San Diego

Effective July 1, 2012, options for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UC San Diego have expanded. These options are summarized below. For information on core Research Ethics Program (REP) courses to meet NIH requirements, Train-the-Trainer Workshop information, and customized departmental programs, please contact Dr. Michael Kalichman, Director, Research Ethics Program (858-822-2027,mkalichman@ucsd.edu). Requests for information on online courses or NSF requirements may be directed to Marianne Generales in the Office of Research Affairs (858-534-4636; mgenerales@ucsd.edu).

NIH

Requirement – NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. Substantial face-to-face discussions among the participating trainees; a combination of didactic and small-group discussions (e.g. case studies); and participation of research faculty members are highly encouraged. On-line courses are considered a valuable supplement to instruction, but online instruction by itself is inadequate to meet the NIH training requirement.

Options for Compliance –

It is highly recommended that departments that wish to develop their own RCR training plans consult with the Director of the Research Ethics Program to ensure their plans will meet the format and content requirements of NIH.

NSF

Requirement – NSF requires that institutions provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF. Institutions are responsible for certifying that the training requirements have been met.

Options for Compliance -

  • Undergraduate Students
    • Responsible Conduct of Research training for undergraduates has been integrated into the online Academic Integrity Tutorial that all undergraduates must take prior to enrolling in their second quarter. Completion of this course is tracked by the Academic Integrity Office. No further action is required by departments, but departments are encouraged to include undergraduate students in additional training opportunities as appropriate.

  • Graduate Students

Departments are responsible for tracking the completion of training requirements associated with extramural awards. 

Departments are responsible for tracking and submitting completion verification into RSAS or sending to OPVSA. Certification of training is required before reappointments are issued.

**Train the Trainer

A significant outcome of the review of the Research Ethics Program at UCSD was to create a role for the REP that

  • Facilitates train-the-trainer workshops to expand the ability of faculty in departments to mentor their trainees directly using research ethics examples relevant to their specific discipline
  • Certifies department trainings as requested
  • Provides customized trainings to departments and to external non-profit institutions on a fee for service basis

Stem Cell Research

Required Training Who must complete training?

Introduction to Stem Cell Ethics

All who work with human embryonic stem cells or the equivalent

First Year Continuing Education
This requirement is met by participating in at least four hours of stem cell ethics training during the preceding year.

All who work with human embryonic stem cells or the equivalent

Subsequent Year Continuing Education
The requirement is met by participating in at least two hours of stem cell ethics or research ethics training during the preceding year.

All who work with human embryonic stem cells or the equivalent

Office of Innovation and Commercialization

Recommended Training
Who might want to take the training?
Patents & Patent Searching: UCSD Enrollment Central

UCSD faculty and staff who would like to learn about the patenting process and how to search for patents on the web

Legal Issues in Research and Licensing Agreements *

All who work with intellectual property agreements

Non-Exclusive, Royalty-Free Invention Rights *

All who work with intellectual property agreements

* Contact Mitchel.Foote@ucop.edu to obtain a current course enrollment key

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