BOX 5-2 Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)

The mission of PRIM&R is to promote ethical research in humans and animals. It tracks and provides input to policy initiatives and regulatory changes relating to ethical standards in research and offers educational opportunities in the fields of biomedical and social/behavioral/educational research. PRIM&R also offers two certification programs, one for administrators for animal care and use committees, and one for IRB professionals.

The latter is designed specifically for individuals participating in and/or overseeing the daily operations of IRBs, including IRB administrators, staff, chairs, and institutional officials. Professionals from institutional IRBs, independent IRBs, and industry, as well as other institutions focused on either biomedical or social/behavioral/educational research, are eligible. Candidates’ IRB experience must be “substantial and ongoing” and must reflect the applicant’s commitment to applied research ethics in human subjects protections. The exam for certification is administered by the Professional Testing Corporation and is offered at least twice yearly at testing sites across the United States and Canada. Certification is valid for 3 years and can be renewed via reexamination or once in a 6-year period with continuing education credits.


From: 5, Effect of the HIPAA Privacy Rule on Health Research

Cover of Beyond the HIPAA Privacy Rule
Beyond the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Enhancing Privacy, Improving Health Through Research.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Health Research and the Privacy of Health Information: The HIPAA Privacy Rule; Nass SJ, Levit LA, Gostin LO, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2009.
Copyright © 2009, National Academy of Sciences.

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