PRIM&R Overview

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) advances the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical, behavioral, and social science research. We accomplish this mission through education, membership services, professional certification, and public policy initiatives.

We’ve highlighted some of PRIM&R’s most popular offerings below:


With a supportive membership community of nearly 4,000 individuals from more than 1,000 institutions located in more than 40 countries, PRIM&R membership can help you learn, grow, and connect with others furthering the advancement of ethical research.

Our members include those involved in every aspect of biomedical, behavioral, and social science research, and come from public and private institutions, the federal government, academia, and industry. PRIM&R members gain the support of a community, educational resources in the online Knowledge Center, and discounts on both PRIM&R offerings and select external events.

Research Ethics Digest and Self-Study Quiz

Research Ethics Digest is an electronic publication that delivers timely and relevant abstracts and full-text articles from scholarly journals to the inboxes of PRIM&R members every two months. The Research Ethics Digest Self-Study Program allows members to earn free CE credits for reading the articles each month and passing a short online quiz on their contents. Research Ethics Digest and the Self-Study Quiz are only available to active PRIM&R members.

Certificate Program

For those who are new to research protections and are not yet eligible to sit for the CIP exam, or those whose professional role extends beyond research ethics and oversight, PRIM&R offers a Certificate in the Foundations of Animal Care and Use that allows you to demonstrate your commitment to growing within the field. The requirements to obtain the certificate are flexible—the IACUC Conference fulfills a core requirement!—and enrollment in the program is free for members.


PRIM&R webinars are presented by experts in the field and deliver clear, comprehensive information on important topics in research ethics. In addition to upcoming live webinars, over 100 recordings of past webinars are available for purchase in PRIM&R’s online store. Members can access webinars that are more than one year old free of charge and earn the associated CE credits.