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Institutional Review Board

All members of the Merrimack Community engaged in research with human subjects must complete IRB online certification training every three (3) years.[For IRB committee members the requirement is every year.]

NOTE:  We will be transitioning from our current NIH certification to CITI in academic year 2017-2018.  During this transition, both NIH and CITI training certificates will be accepted for all faculty and students engaged in human subjects research.  Starting in September 2018, only CITI certification will be accepted. 


There are currently two avenues to obtain IRB training and certification:  NIH and CITI.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Access the online training website sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by clicking here. If you have taken the course before, you will need to reset your information by doing the following:

After logging into the training, select the Edit User Info/Retake Course from the right-hand column. This will give you the option to reset all your tracking data and your certificate by selecting Retake Course.
Upon training completion, you will need to upload your certificate as part of you application using the Cayuse IRB software.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

CITI training is available for all faculty interested in getting certification to work on human subjects.  CITI provides a comprehensive and holistic training certification that is more widely recognized and accepted than our current NIH training.  You can access the CITI training site by clicking here. You can register on the site or login if you are already registered.


If you have any questions on CITI training, please contact Melissa Siegel ( the Director of Sponsored Programs or the IRB at