Office of Regulatory Affairs

-- assisting the MSU community in understanding & complying with the laws, regulations & standards for research, teaching, and other University activities.

New to research this fall?

   If using human research participants, get IRB approval first.      If using animals, visit the Animal Care Program website for IACUC approval.     If using chemicals, new equipment, etc. get safety training at Environmental Health & Safety website.

NIH Clinical Research Training Opportunity

September 30, 2015

MSU is again serving as Michigan's remote-site coordinator for the NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research video training series. Registration is now closed, but look for another opportunity in Fall 2016. 2014-15 lectures available to the public

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Environmental Health & Safety - Training Migration Planned Summer 2016

August 2015

Activities are underway to migrate the tracking and delivery of web-based training and face-to-face classes to the Saba LMS. Biosafety, Chemical Safety, Radiation Safety, Occupational Safety records will be imported.

In a single portal, you will be able to: 

  • Register for any Human, Animal, and Environmental Health & Safety training
  • View and verify your transcript for any of those topics
  • Manage your team or unit's training from a single dashboard


TRAINING MOVED - Human Research Protection Program (HRPP/IRB)

July 20, 2015

MSU's training program for research involving human subjects has changed. Nearly 30,000 researcher records were imported into our LMS. Check your training records by login with your NetID (see My Training tab). 

To conduct research involving human subjects (including handling subjects data), you must complete the right training. The new policy requires completion of 1 of 3 different options:

      • Standard online course - for new researchers, or
      • Request waiver - for those with non-MSU training, or 
      • Refresher course - for those with training from the prior (legacy) system. 

Get started on the New Certification. Need help? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions list at or call 517-884-4600 weekdays. with your NetID 

June 4, 2015

You can now login with your NetID and password. Try it now! 

Or the next time you visit, just look for the Log in via SSO button (image right). Look for Michigan State University in the list. 

If you've been using a different email address, you will be prompted for both you the MSU email address either by replacing or merging with your previous training records.

Using your email provides several benefits:

  • You won't have to remember another password. 
  • Your CITI records can be combined with your other MSU training. 
  • SSO (single sign on) means if you login to one MSU's website system, you will be automatically logged in at other MSU online systems. 

MSU's Asst. V.P. of Regulatory Affairs testifies on importance of Research Funding

April 29, 2015

In his role as President of FASEB, J.R. Haywood testified in front of Washington, D.C. legislators about the importance of NIH funding.  Testimony.pdf

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Human Research Protection Program -- TRAINING Changes

April 2015

The Human Research Protection Program will be moving IRB training records into ORA's training system. Soon researchers can register for IRB-required training at



Touchscreen Tips

March 2015

visitor using touchscreenORA is installing touchscreens at several campus locations. Some of the content will be building-specific while other info will be tips for researchers in general.

In addition to using the touchscreen itself, QR codes are available for storing links with a QR app.

Tell us what you'd like to see in your building. 


ORA Assisting in Sexual Harassment Policy Training for Faculty
January 2015

As part of its regulatory mission on campus, ORA is assisting the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Iniatives (i3) in the roll-out of its Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) Policy training. The training for faculty is one of several versions of the training directed at different audiences across campus. The faculty & staff version of the course will be hosted in ORA's LMS. It will cover the legal requirements of Title IX regulation and MSU policy.  

ORA also recently began hosting the I-9 Verifier Compliance training for Human Resources and the USDA - NIFA Research Integrity training. 

New Website for Animal Care Program -

November 2014 

In the next few weeks, those with IACUC and ULAR business, including AUF submissions, purchasing and housing animals for teaching, research, or outreach, will soon notice a big change.


CITI Programs - New Modules

August 2014
Nine new modules are available to supplement the Human Subjects Research (HRS) series. They focus on protecting the rights of specific types of subjects.  More...

You can now view your CITI Program course transcripts when you log into our You must use your email address in your CITI Programs profile.  Updates from are on Fridays at 9:00 am.

Departments or Colleges seeking to verify their students or post-doc CITI Program training (e.g. animal care, human subjects, responsible conduct of research) are welcome to contact us for access to those transcripts. 

ORA Saba Test Environment is located here.