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FAQs: Investigator Certification


Do all of the study personnel working on my hESC proposal take hESC training? If so, who is responsible for tracking this information and ensuring that they complete the training?
ESCRO requires that the PI of the hESC research proposal track and ensure that all of their study personnel are appropriately trained in hESC methods, ethics, and fiscal training. The required hESC training is still under development. Once this program is developed and released for use, the ESCRO office will establish appropriate tracking procedures.

ESCRO will rely on the PI to determine which study personnel are sufficiently involved in hESC research to warrant ongoing compliance training. For example, a junior investigator working 50% on a hESC project and a senior scientist with a small but critical role, such as evaluating hESC pluripotency, would both require training. Someone whose only job is labeling the tubes would not.

What is the “annual survey” referenced in the 4th box of the Investigator Certification statements?
The ESCRO office will send the PI a list of hESC lines that she/he reported previously as being used in your lab. In addition, the list will show those personnel (by employee ID only) that were reported on the financial supplement will also be listed. The ESCRO office would appreciate report of any changes in these items. For example, if you derive cell lines, please report what you have named those lines. ESCRO is required to maintain a registry of all hESC lines in use at the University of Washington. ESCRO is required to track personnel working on research involving non-federally approved lines to comply with GIM 36 regarding allocation of salary monies.

What hESC research activities are considered prohibited?
Please review GIM 36, Section V(C) for a listing of prohibited research. If you have any questions as to whether these activities pertain to your research, please contact escro@uw.edu.