E-ROC Update

E-ROC is temporarily unavailable. The course is being updated to be in compliance with the revised Common Rule. We are taking this opportunity to improve the course's usability by giving it a new and improved look and feel. We aim to make the updated course available to users as early as possible in 2018. All current and former E-ROC subscribers will be notified directly when the course is available again. We appreciate your patience as we work to make the course a more effective and engaging learning experience for your IRB members. Please contact Nora Murphy, online learning manager, if you have any questions.


E-ROC: Ethical Research Oversight Course is a four and a half hour, online course that presents an in-depth exploration of the function and purpose of institutional review boards (IRBs) through an interactive, realistic interface. The course addresses the roles of IRB members who tackle the challenging, ethical, and regulatory issues of human subjects research.

Course participants will learn about the ethical principles and regulations that govern human subjects research. They will learn to apply these rules and principles to both biomedical and social-behavioral case studies. The program further illustrates important points through the presentation of a mock IRB that reviews two different protocols throughout the eight interactive modules.

PRIM&R developed this course after assessing a need for reliable, affordable research ethics education. E-ROC offers the perfect blend of critical information and adult learning pedagogy. Special features include:

  • Content: Tools to build and strengthen an effective IRB
  • Flexibility: Technology that allows users to take the course from any computer, at any time, and from any place
  • Assessment: Frequent progress checks and module assessments to strengthen the user's knowledge
  • Recognition: A certificate of completion, available after the final test

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 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Last modified: Monday, 1 January 2018, 11:25 AM