External Resources

Medical Research/Reference

Institutional Review Boards (IRB)

NIH IRB Training
The National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research offers a course on Protecting Human Research Participants.  Registration is free.  This type of training is required by institutional review boards prior to submitting any research projects.  The PCRF encourages all of its members, affiliates and workshop participants to complete this training prior to any research activities.  Be sure to print or save the certificate of completion.  IRB and your workshop facilitators may require it.

Note: Members of universities may be required to complete their own specific ethics or human subjects research training, such as the CITI IRB training.  If your university requires this, you may have free institutional access.  If your institution participates, the registration process will list your university's name in the drop-down menu.  Independent access is possible, the current fee is $100US.  For more information about CITI IRB training visit UCLA's CITI training site.  CITI offers many courses, but the Human Subjects Research (HSR) is generally the one needed for new researchers.

Independent IRB agencies
Institutional Review Boards (IRB) are ethics review committees that approve research on human subjects.  IRBs are usually found inside Universities and Hospitals. Because EMS agencies may not have an affiliation with a university or hospital, an independent IRB may be the best option.  Two resources to consult are: