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

See How it Works

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)

PRIM&R thanks Advarra for supporting EROC!

Advarra logo_updatedAdvarra is the premier provider of IRB, IBC and global research quality and compliance consulting services in North America. We provide customized, dedicated services for more than 2000 institutions, academic medical centers and research consortia and are fully sIRB ready. By delivering exceptional client service, innovative technology and unmatched regulatory expertise, Advarra provides integrated research compliance capabilities to help make research altogether better.

For more information, please visit advarra.com.

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EROC has been recognized with a Silver award in the Health and Fitness category of the Fall 2018 Omni Awards! Learn more.

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.*

Individual rates
Member $350
Nonmember $540
Nonmember rate + Membership* $540
Institutional rates
Member $2,150
Nonmember $2,340
Nonmember rate + Membership* $2,340

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

Policies and FAQ

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.

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 Nora Murphy at [email protected] 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.
  • After purchasing the course, please allow two business days for your institutional account to be configured.
CE Credit

Learners who complete EROC can earn up to 5.5 hours of 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.

CME Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and PRIM&R. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston University School of Medicine designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information about the Boston University School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Education, visit www.bu.edu/cme.

This course is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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