The National Institutes of Health (NIH) online computer-based training course provides information to IRB Chairs, Co-Chairs and External Researchers about their roles and responsibilities.  Completion of these courses is required.


NIH Office of Extramural Research Training for External researchers, IRB Chairs and Co-Chairs.

NIH Human Subjects Assurance Training for IRB Chairs, Co-Chairs and Members.

The Federal Regulation establishing and governing the responsibilities of IRBs:
45 CFR 46: CFR, Protection of Human Subjects
Historical background on the origins of the ethical principles governing research:
The Belmont Report
A handbook for those with questions about being involved in Human Subjects research:
CDC Human Subject Information Brochure
PHI (Personal Health Information) Related Links:
HHS Office for Civil Rights - HIPAA

Guidelines to promote a shared understanding of the Principles of Collaborative Authorship: 

International Committee of Medical Journal Editor's Guidelines on Authorship