The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Ethics and Human Subject Protection: A Refresher Course

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This course is approved for 1.5 ACRP Contact Hours and 1.0 contact hours for registered nurses (full accreditation details below).

This eLearning course will be accessible for up to one year from the date of purchase.

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A certificate of completion for this course will be provided with a note indicating that CEUs were not offered for this course. Please note that you will not be able to submit this certificate for CEUs.

This eLearning course will be accessible for up to one year from the date of purchase.

Course Description

This course provides refresher training to clinical research professionals who have completed the initial comprehensive ACRP Human Subject Protection course titled “Ethics and Human Subject Protection: A Comprehensive Introduction.”

When in need of a comprehensive refresher, this on-demand eLearning course provides a consolidated overview on the history and importance of ethical conduct in clinical trials involving human subjects.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Define unethical conduct in clinical research
  • Define ethical tensions in clinical research
  • Explain the difference between fraud and misconduct
  • Explain how ethical guidelines became mandatory in clinical research
  • Identify the benefits of adhering to ethical principals
  • Recognize the impacts and consequences of unethical conduct in clinical trials
  • List measures to prevent unethical conduct
  • Discuss how to approach suspected fraud or misconduct

The course builds competence in the following domains:

  • Clinical Trials Operations (GCPs)
  • Ethical and Patient Safety Considerations
  • Scientific Concepts and Research Design

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Target Audience

This course is intended for all clinical research professionals.

Accreditation Statements

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) provides contact hours for the completion of this live educational activity with the completion of the online evaluation form. These contact hours can be used to meet the ACRP certification maintenance requirement.

Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

  • Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours.

For any questions relating to CNE (registered nurse) certification for this activity, please contact Postgraduate Institute for Medicine at: or (303) 799-1930.

Method of Participation and Request for Credit

Once you have completed the interactive portion of the course you will need to complete the evaluation before a certificate of completion will be made available to you.


Bridget Gonzalez, CCRC
Director, Training and Professional Development
Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Bridget Gonzalez, CCRC
Director, Training and Professional Development
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
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Planners and Managers
The PIM planners and managers have nothing to disclose. The ACRP planners and managers have nothing to disclose.



Computer System Requirements

This course is intended to be used with any internet browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. For the interactive content of this course to work properly, you must enable Flash on this website. If adjusting the setting does not result in the course running properly, you may need to contact your Network or IT administrator for authorization to do this on your network. Indications that Flash is not enabled are: video with no audio, audio with no video, a click doesn’t respond, you are unable to resume, etc.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.  Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.