Citi Program Ethics Training

At GCORE, we offer our members access to information on the latest issues and approaches for managing ethics in the field. We want to shift the perceptions that ethics processes and applications are time consuming exercises that takes precious time away from actually doing the research.

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Ethics Committees (ECs) are an important part of ensuring ethical practice, but they should not be perceived as road blocks or barriers. Changing perceptions is possible if we have a better appreciation for why regimes of ethics governance exist and how they operate.

To help achieve cultural change and build a more positive view of the importance of ethics in research, GCORE provides members with access to the world’s largest and most respected online research ethics training provided by the CITI Program.

There are numerous reasons why improving your knowledge of research ethics will deliver significant benefits to you, here are three of the key reasons:

  • Improve your chances of getting your ethics approval. How, by completing the CITI module you can declare to your IRB/EC that you have completed professional recognised ethics course which can be influential (or even compulsory at some institutions) in its own right
  • Save time. With greater knowledge of ethical issues you can produce a better IRB/EC application faster with less re-writing. New researchers often get their submissions returned by IRBs/ECs who request significant rework.  This process of resubmission can go back and forth for months costing your project precious time and possibly delaying completion.
  • Save yourself stress.  Drafting an ethics application without knowledge is flying blind and when you don’t understand what is expected to be successful substantial stress is generated. Getting an application rejected adds to this stress.

All GCORE members who complete the CITI online module receive a personalised completion report which they can submit to support their own ethics application.

A detailed overview of the ethics learning content available to GCORE members through the CITI Program is available via the links below:


The HSR series covers the historical development of human subject protections, as well as current regulatory information and ethical issues. The HSR series consists of modules from two basic tracks, Biomedical (Biomed) and Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE), and a set of Additional Modules of Interest.

Basic HSR modules are suitable for all persons involved in research studies involving human subjects, or who have responsibilities for setting policies and procedures with respect to such research.


The RCR series covers core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) require certain categories of researchers to receive RCR training. RCR is increasingly viewed as an essential component of training, regardless of a researcher’s source of funding.


The IPS series covers the principles of data protection. While this module is heavily focused on the healthcare-related privacy and information security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in America, the content is applicable and relevant to good general ethical practice for information security.
If you are a US based GCORE student member this module provides appropriate training that is a critical component of HIPAA compliance. It is also a critical part of quality assurance and risk reduction.


The ACU series covers general principles of the ethical care and use of animals in research, training, and testing. It is designed to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of animals.

Courses within the ACU series are designed to help researchers seeking training on aseptic surgery, post-procedure care, post-approval monitoring, and wildlife research. Animal-specific courses focus on research involving amphibians, cats, cattle, dogs, ferrets, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses, mice, non-human primates, rabbits, rats, reptiles, sheep and goats, swine, and zebrafish.


The COI series covers ethical regulations on financial conflicts of interest and an investigator’s responsibilities related to the disclosure of “Significant Financial Interests.”

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