Program Participation Requirements & Training

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN BIOLOGICAL AGENTS RESEARCH AT NORTHWELL HEALTH?

Requirements for participation in Biological Agent Research must be satisfied prior to the submission of a registration to use biological agents to the IBC. Additionally, Principal Investigators must provide project specific training to study personnel prior to the initiation of any experiments.

Enrollment in Medical Surveillance Program

All research personnel participating in biological agent research must enroll in the Medical Surveillance Program and obtain clearance from Employee Health Services (EHS).

Contact Employee Health Services to enroll at: ehscompliance@northwell.edu.

In the subject line of the email state: Research Study

In the body of the email provide: Last Name, First Name, Contact Number, Title of Research Study

Regulatory Training (CITI Program)

All individuals involved in research using biological agents must receive the appropriate level based on the type of research involved and should include those involved in the handling and management of biological agents. Northwell Health uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web based training program. If you have not utilized CITI before, create a new account by visiting citiprogram.org. Your affiliation is “Northwell Health.” Under “My Learner Tools for Northwell Health” click on “Add a Course.” Answer all the questions to be automatically enrolled into required courses. For more information on accessing the CITI Program, click here.

As per Northwell Health policy GR101 Use of Biological Agent Research (IBC Approval), all research investigators, staff and laboratory personnel conducting research involving biological agents are required to take the following CITI Program courses:

  1. NIH Recombinant DNA Guidelines (must be renewed every 3 years)
  2. Basic Biosafety Training (must be renewed every 3 years)
  3. Select Agents, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (must be renewed every 3 years)
  4. Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) (must be renewed every 3 years)
  5. Conflict of Interest (must be renewed every 4 years)

Project Specific Training

Principal Investigators are responsible for training laboratory and research staff in the proper handling of all biological agents, including the proper use of all safety and bio-containment equipment. Documentation of training must be maintained by the PI and be available upon request. Template for Biological Agent Training Disclosure may be used by PIs to document training. Assistance with training in biological agent use is available upon request. Training must be completed PRIOR to the initiation of any experiments. Template for Protocol Specific Training for Biological Agent Research may be used by PIs to train study personnel on project specific biological agent use.

Other institutional requirements that must be completed prior to participating in research

External Interest Disclosure (COI)

Mandatory Site Safety Training (Chemical, Fire, Biological)