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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 at UCSD

Triennial Online Refresher

Breeding Colony Basics*

Anesthesia & Surgery in Large Animals*

Anesthesia & Surgery in Small Animals*

All who work with animals and are the Principal Investigators (PI) or a participant on an Animal Use Protocol.

Additionally, all protocol personnel including PIs are required to complete the Triennial Online Refresher every three years which coincides with the year of UCSD's AAALAC accreditation site visit.

*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, 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 Principal 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 involved 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.

Recommended for anyone working with biological agents with international collaborations.

Biosafety: Dual Use of Research Concern (login required)

This course is intended for personnel conducting life sciences research with one or more of the listed DURC agents, and satisfies the training requirement under the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern.

Recommended for researchers working with DURC agents.

UCSD Export Control is available to present customized training for your laboratory or department on request. Contact export@ucsd.edu with your training request.

Good Clinical Practices for NIH Funded Clinical Trials

Required Training Who must complete the training? When and how often must the training be completed?

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.

GCP training can be completed through the CITI program.

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

All responsible parties should complete their GCP training before their involvement in the clinical trial.

NIH requires that GCP training be renewed at least every 3 year.

For questions on the UC San Diego implementation process, see the Research Compliance and Integrity website or contact Research Compliance and Integrity at rci@ucsd.edu, (858) 822-4939.

Human Subjects Research

Required Training Who must complete the training?

CITI Biomedical or CITI Social & Behavioral Human Research Protections

Contact: www.citiprogram.org

For additional information, see the Human Research Protections Program Training information.

Principal Investigators and Key Personnel conducting human subjects research.

 

Research Aspects of HIPAA Principal Investigators and Key Personnel conducting human subjects research involving access to medical records.

The UC San Diego IRB staff offer office hours and are also available to present customized training to departments or other groups.  Contact hrpp@ucsd.edu with your training request.

Office of Contract and Grant Administration

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 Maura Arias at OPAFS by e-mail mlarias@ucsd.edu to obtain specific course information

Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs

Postdoctoral training is a fundamental component of career success across many academic disciplines and is vital to many scholars as a basic requirement for progression into academic or non-academic careers.  For information on Postdoctoral Scholar training, please see the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs.

Research Administration Training Program

The purpose of this program is to create a comprehensive enterprise-wide research administration educational certification program that establishes and maintains individual and organizational learning and knowledge about research administration topics, programs and systems. For additional information, please see the Research Administration Training Program website.

Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research Training at UC San Diego

UC San Diego and its research community are responsible for fostering research that is performed in an ethical and responsible manner. Responsible conduct of research (RCR) training promotes awareness and application of ethical principles and standards in all aspects of research.  Depending on the research funding source, the specific RCR requirements may vary. In addition to some departmental requirement for RCR training, the two primary requirements for RCR training are set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

To learn more about UC San Diego's Institutional Plan for the Responsible Conduct of Research, see Research Compliance and Integrity.

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Requirement – NIH requires that all trainees and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development (individual or institutional), research education or 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. Online courses can be a useful supplement to instruction, however, online instruction, by itself, is considered insufficient to meet the NIH RCR training requirement.

Training Options:

  • Undergraduate Students
    • On request, the Research Ethics Program will provide, or advise on developing, cost effective training options.
  • Graduate Students
  • Postdoctoral Scholars
  • Customizable Department Courses
    • Departments are encouraged to develop their own RCR training plans in consultation with the Research Ethics Program to ensure their plans meet the format and content requirements of NIH. The Research Ethics Program can assist in setting goals, selecting topics to be covered, identifying useful approaches for teaching and learning, and assessing outcomes, as well as offering ‘Train the Trainer Workshops.’
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Requirement – NSF requires that institutions provide training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF.

Training Options:

  • Undergraduate Students
    • RCR training is 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.  Departments are encouraged to include undergraduate students in additional training opportunities appropriate to their level of participation in research.

  • Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Regardless of the funding, Departments are responsible for tracking the completion of training requirements associated with extramural awards. For further information on training resources, including Train-the-Trainer Workshops, customized departmental programs and the Research Ethics Program Core, please contact the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program at (858) 822-2647 or ethics@ucsd.edu

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Research Compliance and Integrity Office at (858) 822-4939 or rci@ucsd.edu.

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: Log in to the UC Learning Center with your Business Systems ID.

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

Patent rights, agreements and releases

All who work with intellectual property agreements

Research Compliance Hot Topics and Training Program

The Research Compliance and Integrity (RCI) Office provides the Research Compliance Hot Topics and Training Program (Program) as a resource for all UC San Diego faculty, staff and students.  The Program offers training through a variety of forums, including workshops, videos, newsletters and other activities, and is designed to serve as an educational resource to assist the UC San Diego research community with the complexities of conducting research.  

Upcoming Session:

Title:  Using Single IRBs in Multisite Human Subjects Research
Date:  January 21, 2020

Past Sessions:

Title:  Town Hall Meeting with the UC San Diego Human Research Protections Program (log in required)
Date:  January 30, 2019

Title:  Navigating COI, the Disclosure Forms and the Intersection with Conflict of Commitment Workshop (log in required)
Date:  February 27, 2019

Title:  Research Data Integrity, Sensitivity and Security: Protecting Your Work in the Changing Landscape of Sponsored Research (log in required)
Date:  May 22, 2019

Title:   International Engagements Considerations, Existing and Evolving Federal, UC and Campus Requirements (log in required)
Date:  June 26, 2019

Title:  Good Publishing Practices and the Risks of Predatory Publishing (log in required)
Date:  August 21, 2019

Title:  ClinicalTrials.gov (log in required)
Date:  September 26, 2019

Title:  Compliance with Federal and State Permitting Requirements While Conducting Research (log in required)
Date:  October 23, 2019

Title:  UC OATS- Policy Overview and System Introduction (log in required)
Date:  November 20, 2019

To view Newsletters and Hot Topics, please visit the RCI Newsletters and Hot Topics website.

For questions or customized training, please contact the Research Compliance and Integrity Office at rci@ucsd.edu, (858) 822-4939.

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