Research Ethics Digest Self-Study Program

The Research Ethics Digest Self-Study Program allows PRIM&R members to earn continuing education credits, which can be applied toward their Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential, Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential recertification, or other professional credentials they may hold.

How to Participate

PRIM&R members receive Research Ethics Digest via email six times per year (February, April, June, August, October, and December). Each issue identities articles selected for the self-study program (three on the human subjects protections topics and two on animal care and use topics) and provides a link to a quiz about each set of articles. All articles selected for the program are geared toward intermediate and advanced learners.

By reading the articles and successfully completing the online quiz with a score of 80% or higher, members earn continuing education (CE) credit hours (1.5 per issue for the human subjects protections quiz and 1 per issue for the animal care and use quiz). Members can take the quiz multiple times in order to receive a qualifying score, and have 90 days from the distribution of an issue of Research Ethics Digest to complete the quiz.

Once members complete the quiz, they will receive an email with their score and the number of CE credit hours they have earned. Participants who wish to apply the credit hours from the self-study program toward continuing education requirements for professional credentials they hold may submit the email to their accrediting body as documentation of their participation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost to participate in the Research Ethics Digest Self-Study Program?

The Research Ethics Digest Self-Study Program is available to PRIM&R members at no additional cost, which makes it a cost-effective way for members to earn CE credit hours while staying abreast of current scholarship. If you are not currently a PRIM&R member, you can participate by becoming a member today.

Is there a self-study program for animal care and use professionals?

Yes! Beginning with the April, 2017 issue the Research Ethics Digest Self-Study Program has been expanded to include members from the animal care and use community.

Can I take advantage of this program if I'm not a PRIM&R member?

The Research Ethics Digest Self-Study Program is only available to PRIM&R members. If you are not currently a member and are interested in participating in the program, we encourage you to become a member today. You can learn more about the benefits of PRIM&R membership here.

How many continuing education credit hours will I earn?

Members who read the selected articles (three on the human subjects protections topics and two on animal care and use topics) and achieve a passing score (80% or higher) on the online quiz will earn 1.5 CE credit hours for the human subjects protections quiz and 1 CE credit hour for the animal care and use quiz. Credits earned through the Research Ethics Digest Self-Study Program can be applied toward the CIP® recertification and CPIA® recertification Category #2 credit.

Do I have to complete the quiz within a certain timeframe?

Members have 90 days following the release of an issue of Research Ethics Digest to complete the self-study quiz. After 90 days, the quiz will be closed.

What is the format of the quiz, and how long will it take to complete?

The quiz consists of 10-15 multiple-choice questions, and should take about 30 minutes to complete. This does not include the time required to read each of the selected articles.

Do I have to earn a certain score on the quiz in order to receive credit?

Members must earn a score of 80% or higher in order to earn the applicable CE credit hours. However, members can take the exam multiple times in order to receive a qualifying score.

I am not receiving Research Ethics Digest in my email. How can I take part in this program?

Research Ethics Digest is published six times per year on or around the 15th of the following months: February, April, June, August, October, and December. If you are a current PRIM&R member but did not receive Research Ethics Digest during one of these months, please add the following email addresses to your safe senders list to ensure Research Ethics Digest does not go to your junk mail folder: membership@primr.org and membership@primr.mmsend.com. Additionally, a link to access past issues of Research Ethics Digest can be found on the Research Ethics Digest page. If you are still having trouble accessing Research Ethics Digest, please contact Tim Badmington, communications assistant, by phone (617.303.1870) or email for additional assistance.