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  • Changes to the federal rule governing human research (Common Rule) were announced on January 18, 2017. Many of the Common Rule changes go into effect July 19, 2018. 
  • The changes to the Common Rule do not apply to FDA-regulated studies. 
  • ORIC is working to roll out these changes at ECU. The announcements section of the ORIC > UMCIRB webpage and the ePIRATE homepage will be your main source of information and updates about the revised Common Rule roll out. 
  • Studies submitted on or after July 19, 2018 will be reviewed under the revised Common Rule. Currently approved studies will continue to fall under the pre-2018 Common Rule requirements. 
  • The revisions to the Common Rule go into effect July 19, 2018 and UMCIRB will begin reviewing new studies under the revised Common Rule on that date. 
  • New document templates will be posted on both the UMCIRB website and within ePIRATE. Be sure to use these new templates for any new research studies submitted on or after 07.19.18. 
  • Revised SOPs will be posted on the UMCIRB website. 
  • Existing expedited studies approved prior to January 19, 2018 will continue to follow pre-2018 requirements including required renewal at least annually. Upon request by the investigator and after discussion with ORIC, an existing study may be revised to meet the new federal requirements. An amendment would need to be submitted and approved within the electronic IRB submission system to document this transition.  
  • Keep our website and the ePIRATE homepage checked for continuing and updated information. 
  • Contact UMCIRB with any questions. You are welcome to email us at
  • Remember, the revised Common Rule does not apply to FDA-regulated studies. 
The short form consent (both the English and Spanish versions) has been updated. The new version date for the short form is 10/09/2017. In addition, an attestation of translation has been obtained for the Spanish translated version of the short form and is available on the UMCIRB website under "Forms, Docs & Templates". Please be sure to use this new template when submitting a short form for IRB review and approval.
Users will now select "Final Report" on the left side of each study's workspace to close a research study. This option was added to help users navigate to the correct application more easily when they are ready to close a study. Brief tutorials have also been added to the website.

Required Human Research Ethics Training

CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Course Information

Link to the CITI Online Course -

Review the UMCIRB standard operating practice related to required ethics training by clicking on the following link: Requirements for Human Research Protections Training

All key research personnel must complete the required education. Key research personnel include principal investigators, sub-investigators, research coordinators, and any other research team members that have contact with research participants, and their research data or private information.

In order to access the CITI training modules you will be required to register as a user with the CITI site. When you register you will be asked to provide your name and contact information. Please note, the CITI site is NOT administered by ECU therefore is not linked to ePIRATE in any way. You will not be using your pirateID to log into the CITI site. During the registration process you will be asked to provide the username and password of your choice. Please keep this information handy as you will need it again when you take the refresher course in three years. When you register you will be asked to select an institution with which you are affiliated, please select East Carolina University.

 The modules are grouped by categories of research. For UMCIRB purposes, you only need to complete one of the two groups of modules listed below. You should select the group that best fits the type of research you normally conduct. If in doubt, contact ORIC for guidance.

  • Group 1. All Biomedical Investigators and Key Personnel: Medical, physiological or pharmacological studies that typically involve direct contact with participants. Includes, but is not limited to, research with drugs, devices or other interventions.
  • Group 2. Social/Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel: Studies on sociological, psychological, anthropological or educational phenomena that typically involve direct contact with participants. Does NOT include drug or device studies.

 Education is vital to conducting ethical research studies. The UMCIRB recognizes that education is an ongoing process, not a one-time effort. Completing the CITI modules, reading the Belmont Report, 45CFR46, and other pertinent regulations provides a solid foundation for which continuing education can be accomplished. ECU requires this education based on Health and Human Services (HHS) recommendations.

 The required training modules must be completed by all research team members prior to the UMCIRB granting approval for any research study, regardless of the level of risk or category of review. The training is good for three years. After three years, the modules must be updated utilizing the refresher course available through CITI. The CITI site will send a notification approximately 90 days prior to the expiration of your training period. The notification will be sent to the email address you provide when you register for the training.

 This will depend on your experience with human research issues. Most modules will take about 10-20 minutes to complete. Researchers familiar with these topics may require three hours or less to complete all of the required modules. You do not have to complete all the modules at once. CITI is designed for you to work at your own pace, and allows you to exit and return at a later date to where you left off.

 The required passing score is 70%. The score is based on the overall score of the quizzes at the end of each of the required modules. You may check your grade by selecting the grade book link on the welcome page or at the end of the course. If you do not pass, you can return to the modules and re-take the quizzes.

 If you are a new faculty, staff or student at ECU and have completed the same CITI training modules at another institution, you may long into the CITI site with the CITI username and password you created when you registered to use CITI and you may choose to "affiliate with another institution". When you do this, select East Carolina University.

 Currently UMCIRB recognizes only the CITI training described above. You will need to log into the CITI site, register as a new user and complete the training modules required by ECU.

In order to verify successful completion of the required CITI training you must log the completion date in your ePIRATE profile. Click on the following link for instructions. How to Add Your IRB Training Completion Date to Your ePIRATE Profile (PPT).  Once a person's CITI training data is logged in their ePIRATE profile it will be automatically populated next to their name in any new study submission received by the IRB. Do not forget to update your ePIRATE profile when you complete the required refresher course every three years. 


The CITI program site and ePIRATE ARE NOT connected in any way. The CITI program is a software platform for web-based training purposes and is not administered by ECU. ePIRATE is a software platform administered by ECU for electronic IRB submission, review and approval.

 To make full use of the features of the CITI site, and to do so securely, use a current browser version when accessing the CITI Program. The vast majority of browsers made available within the last 3-4 years will support all CITI Program features. Older versions may not, as they are often less secure and provide less functionality.

 Individual users who are taking the training required by the UMCIRB to conduct human research are not assessed a fee for the CITI training.

 You may contact ORIC at 252-744-2914 or contact us via email at