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November 9, 2018

Protecting Human Research Participants Online Training Now Available

Investigators and others involved in research studies with human participants now have a new way to get certified training in human subjects protection regulations, policies and associated ethical issues. Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) Online Training is intended for those involved in research with human subjects, or who have responsibilities for setting policies and procedures with respect to such research, such as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). The mission of PHRP Online Training is to provide affordable and accessible training to ensure ethical and safe practices whenever research is being conducted with human participants.

Learners who successfully pass the course will earn a personalized certificate of completion and optional Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit through Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The new online training is available in both English and Spanish.

The website and online training course are a product of PHRP Online Training, Inc., in association with Dr. Ann Hardy and Dr. Sherry Mills, who each have more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector and federal service, including work for the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Drs. Hardy and Mills bring extensive subject matter expertise to the development of content that is relevant to researchers, educators, students and others. The website and online course were designed and developed by d’Vinci Interactive, a developer of learning solutions that deliver extraordinary outcomes.

PHRP Online Training is updated regularly to reflect the most current regulations and policies. For more information visit or email

Note: is not endorsed by, affiliated with, or sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research.

Susan Cort

By Susan Cort, Director of Communications

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