Research Ethics Digest

Self-Study Program

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, marketing and communications coordinator, by phone (617.303.1870) or email for additional assistance.