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Course: Exploring the Common Rule: A Guide for Beginners

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New to IRB administration? Does the Common Rule seem like uncharted territory? If so, this course, offered in three 2-hour virtual sessions, will provide you with a road map that will allow you to navigate key sections of the Common Rule you need to successfully begin your journey through IRB administration.


Session 1: Getting There: Discovering the Common Rule

  • What is the Common Rule, where can you find it, and how do you read it?

Session 2: The Main Attraction: Regulations Related to the Review Process

  • Key sections of the Common Rule that relate to IRB review activities

Session 3: Notable Landmarks: Other Requirements You Need to Know

  • Responsibilities beyond the IRB review process that the Common Rule outlines and that IRB administrators might assume or should be aware of

What will I learn?

  • Know where and how to find the essential documents and resources you need to implement the Common Rule
  • Gain experience with interpreting key sections of the Common Rule including IRB functions and operations and IRB review of research
  • Be able to identify responsibilities outside of the IRB review of research often assigned to IRB administrators

Who should attend?
Beginning IRB administrators 


Nichelle Cobb, PhD
Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP)

Nancy A. Olson, JD

IRB Administrator, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Access Interval
Access to live content will be available for 90 days after the recording is made available. After 90 days, access to the content will be removed, but users will retain access to any certificates of attendance earned. To earn a certificate, one must complete all required sections and complete the certificate section within the 90-day access period. After access has expired, users can purchase an additional 90 days of access.

Registration for this course is now closed. You can email for information on future opportunities to engage with this course.