Ethical Research Oversight Course (EROC)

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The Ethical Research Oversight Course (EROC) is an engaging, interactive online course that equips IRB members and HRPP/IRB staff for their roles through demonstration of the ethical principles and regulatory frameworks that govern their day-to-day work. The course explores fundamental concepts in human subjects protections, including:

  • Historical events and seminal cases in human research ethics
  • The Belmont principles
  • Definition of human subjects research
  • Exempt and expedited research
  • Assessment and minimization of risk
  • Subject selection and recruitment
  • Informed consent
  • Data and safety monitoring
  • Privacy and confidentiality protections
  • IRB meeting dynamics

Throughout the course, learners will observe a simulated IRB’s deliberations as they review two studies (one biomedical and one behavioral) and demonstrate how key ethical principles are applied in the IRB protocol review process.

Learning Objectives

After completing EROC, learners will be able to:

  • Define the function and purpose of IRBs and HRPPs
  • Describe the ethical principles and regulations that govern human subjects research
  • Apply these principles and rules to the review of biomedical, behavioral, and social science research protocols
  • Contribute to an effective, well-run IRB meeting

Format and Features

Course format

  • Narrated slides
  • Progress checks and activities
  • Simulated IRB discussions
  • Case studies
  • Approximately 5.5 hours

Supplemental materials

  • Historical timeline
  • Glossary of terms
  • Resource directory
  • Handouts and checklists


  • Self-paced (can take the course in multiple sittings)
  • HTML5 compatible (Adobe Flash Player not required)


EROC is geared toward new IRB members and IRB members seeking a refresher on foundational ethical principles and regulations in human subjects research. IRB/HRPP staff and researchers will also benefit from taking this course.

Annual Licenses

EROC is available as an individual or institutional annual license. Subscribers have access to the course for one year from their date of purchase. Institutional subscribers will be contacted regarding their renewal 60 days prior to their renewal date.

Individual nonmembers can become a PRIM&R member at no additional cost by adding membership to their shopping cart before purchasing the course in order to receive member pricing.

Individual License

An individual license grants individual access only to the person who purchases the course.

  • Only one person will be able to take the course and receive credit for completing it. If you plan to have more than one individual take the course, please purchase multiple individual licenses, or purchase an institutional license.
  • Member status is not transferable for the purposes of individual licenses.
  • If you purchase an individual license and decide you would like to switch to an institutional license, PRIM&R will apply the cost of the individual license to the institutional license.
Individual rates
Member $365
Nonmember $564
Nonmember rate + Membership* $564
Institutional License

An institutional license is for two or more individuals who work together directly at the same institution.

  • There is no limit to the number of learners who can take the course under an institutional license, however, learners taking the course under one license should be affiliated with the same site or location. Special pricing is available for multisite institutions; please contact onlinelearning@primr.org to discuss your institution's needs.
  • After purchasing the course, please allow two business days for your institutional account to be configured.
  • It is the responsibility of the person whose name is used to purchase the institutional license to create accounts and distribute login information to their colleagues. Instructions will be provided.
  • Only the person purchasing the license needs to be a PRIM&R member in order to receive the member institutional rate.
Institutional rates
Member $2,250
Nonmember $2,449
Nonmember rate + Membership* $2,449

* Please note, the person whose name the registration is under will receive the membership. PRIM&R does not offer group, institutional, or departmental memberships.



This course is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Continuing Education Credit

Learners who complete EROC can earn up to 5.5 hours of continuing education (CE) credit for participating. The EROC certificate of completion can be used to obtain CE credits from professional associations. Each association's guidelines for acceptance of credit hours may differ. Please consult the appropriate association representative for information as to if, and how many, credits from EROC may be used for CE.


A version of the course that meets accessibility standards including Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 is available upon request. Accessibility features include:

  • Closed captioning for learners with hearing impairments
  • Compatibility with Freedom Scientific’s JAWS screen reader, Version 16 or later, running on Windows PCs in HTML5 on Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome (latest version), or Firefox (latest version) browsers, or Flash on the Internet Explorer 11 browser

If you or someone at your institution needs this version of the course, please contact onlinelearning@primr.org.

Technical Requirements

Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)