PEERRS REQUIREMENT UPDATE
New policy begins March 15, 2007
ARE YOU PEERRS CERTIFIED FOR HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH?
PEERRS is the web-based instruction and certification program for members of the University of Michigan community engaged in or associated with research. It incorporates a number of modules, including material on human subjects research.
Beginning March 15, 2007, eResearch will strictly enforce the long-standing University requirement for human subjects certification of personnel in designated study roles (PI, Co-I/s, faculty advisor, study coordinator/project manager) on human research projects.
Enforcement will apply to NEW STUDIES and AMENDMENTS of approved studies submitted on March 15, 2007 or later.
What does this mean?
Before final IRB approval is issued for an affected study, ALL personnel in the designated roles on that project must certify in a human subjects module in PEERRS. Note: The PI can still click the eResearch submit button even if some study team members do not have PEERRS human subjects certification yet.
How do I get PEERRS certification?
Go to the PEERRS website at http://my.research.umich.edu/peerrs/. You will need a UM uniqname and Kerberos password, or a Friends Account.
Plan to spend about 30-60 minutes to fully cover the human subjects module material and answer the questions related to it. To check the status of your existing PEERRS certification see 'Your PEERRS Certifications' on the website.
How do I request a certification waiver for non-University of Michigan collaborators?
Non-University of Michigan collaborators who are working on a research project initiated at the University of Michigan AND LISTED ON THE ERESEARCH APPLICATION are required to complete human subject training in one of two ways:
1) Register in PEERRS and pass either the Human Subjects - Biomedical & Health Sciences module test or the Human Subjects - Social & Behavioral Sciences test with 100%.
2) Send a request for a certification waiver to email@example.com with proof of completion of equivalent training within the last three years.
Non-University of Michigan collaborators who are working on a multi-site research program where the individual institutions' IRBs are reviewing the project are NOT required to complete PEERRS training.
Send PEERRS questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
This message refers to PEERRS certification for human subjects research only. You may have other PEERRS certification obligations depending on your role in research, the type of research, or the source of funding.