McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, are providing the Hamilton research community access to the CITI-Canada ONLINE GCP Training system that provides GCP training modules necessary for personnel involved with research project activities. The online training system is now available at CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). Login and create your own user name and password, identify the entities where you conduct research (for some individuals this will be multiple organizations such as HHS and McMaster). The system will also allow you to log in and out and save your progress so that you can take this training at alternate times that is convenient and conducive to your work schedule. When you have completed the training, you'll be able to print off a record of completion for your training files. As well, the organizations you identify during the process of setting up your training profile will be able to access a list of those who have completed the training for its records.
Why take this particular GCP training vs other available training courses? Mac, HHS and St. Joes are providing this GCP training through our respective memberships in the Network of Networks (N2), which is a Canadian alliance of research hospitals, universities and other research organizations. This training is provided at no cost solely to members of our respective research communities under the umbrella of a yearly membership fee paid to N2 by each institution (i.e. only faculty members, staff members, students and trainees with an academic or employment relationship with McMaster University may affiliate with McMaster University).
There are 12 modules in the GCP Training Program to complete. The Medical Device module is not required if you do not conduct medical device studies. Each module takes approximately 15 minutes (more or less time relates to your current knowledge, experience level, and additional reading you may elect to complete). You may log in and out of the program as many times as you like to complete the required components.
There is also a GCP Refresher Course offered through the CITI-Canada online system for those who have completed the full GCP Course. Investigators and research personnel now have the ability to renew their certification every 2 years, if needed, from completion of their initial full training. In addition, following two completions of the GCP Refresher Course, continued certification requires completion of the full GCP Course.
Any questions or feedback about the GCP should be directed to your respective institution contact.
We hope that the provision of GCP training is another helpful resource/tool for your research activities.
Jack Gauldie, Vice President, Research, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Research Clinical Trial Links
Contact for McMaster University
Augusta Beck, Grants Specialist
Health Research Services
Tel: 905-525-9140 Ext 22577
Contact for Hamilton Health Sciences
Daniela Bianco, Manager, Research Development
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Tel: 905-521-2100 Ext 43828