Researchers User Guide (Part A)
Researchers User Guide (Part B)
Prior to completing the Project Details and Forms & Documents tabs, the Project Members should ensure all investigators involved with the project are displaying in the Members tab, as their details are populated into the Project Details tab and subsequently into the ethics and governance forms. The Members screen will display the CPI added initially through the Create Project form and any additional active or inactivate Project Members.
Who have access to identifiable personal health information/data from WA Health must be invited to the project on RGS.
May have more than one role in the project (e.g. they will be the CPI for all project sites, and also a PI for one or more sites). Click on the ‘+’ to expand the view of the project member’s roles.
Can only have one role for a site at a time (except when a CPI is also the PI for a site or the member is also a CPI Delegate or PI Delegate).
Can remove themselves from the project, but by doing so, they are revoking their access rights to the project.
The table below shows the multiple roles a person can have within a project.
The CPI, CPI Delegate, PI or PI Delegate can add/invite or activate/remove Project Members, as well as edit their roles within the project (refer to Help Wiki:
Roles in RGS for definitions of roles).
After the creation of a project workspace the CPI can add a CPI Delegate to the project to take on most of the CPI responsibilities, except for authorising and signing ethics forms.
The following rules apply to Project Members:
1. CPI & CPI Delegate:
2. PI & PI Delegate:
3. CPI & PI Delegates:
4. Associate Investigator (AI): The AI has the same access rights as Research Group Members (RGM). The AI is included on all forms as an investigator on the project.
5. Research Group Member (RGM):
6. Sponsor: cannot take on another role and cannot be a delegate.
Project Members may have more than one role in the project (e.g. they will be the CPI for all project sites, and also a PI for one or more sites). Click on the '+' to expand the view of the project member's roles.
Project Members can only have one role for a site at a time (except when a CPI is also the PI for a site or the member is also a CPI Delegate or PI Delegate).
Project Members can remove themselves from the project, but by doing so, they are revoking their access rights to the project.
1. In the project's workspace, click on the 'Members' tab.
2. To add a new project member, click 'Add Member'. The 'Add Project Member' screen will launch.
3. In the 'Search For Research User' section, enter the name of the RGS User you wish to add to your project. Only one user may be added at a time.
4. When you have typed in the user's name, click on the person icon to confirm. If the user is a RGS User, the name will show as a link.
Alternately, use the address book to locate a user. Click the 'Address Book' icon. The Address Book screen will launch. Type the user's first name into the search and click the search icon, select the name and click 'OK'. Alternatively you can scroll through the names until you find the user and then select them and click 'OK'.
If a user's name cannot be found they may not be a RGS User. Click Cancel and return to the Members Screen to Invite an Anonymous User (refer to
Invite an Anonymous User to sign up in RGS) or alternatively contact the
RGS Support to see if they are a RGS User.
4. When the RGS User is found, click 'Add Role' to proceed. The 'Add Role' screen will launch.
5. Select the Project Member's role in this project, from the list of available roles. Only one role may be added at a time. If you do not assign a role to a Project Member, the default role is Research Group Member (RGM).
6. After choosing the role, based on the Project Members role (Refer to
Help Wiki: Roles in RGS) the screen may or may not list the sites that need to be associated with that role. For example:
'Select' the site(s) associated with the Project Member's role and click 'Add'.
7. To remove a role that has been added, select the role and click 'Remove Role'.
8. After adding the role(s) for the Project Member, select that you 'acknowledge that the person invited to join this research project is aware of the confidentiality requirements regarding this project' (it is your role to ensure this has occurred). Click 'Invite' to send a project invitation to the Project Member, or 'Cancel' to discard the changes. At least one role must be present to successfully invite a Project Member.
9. If you attempt to add a user that is already a member of the project, you will be notified with this error message.
10. Once invited the person's name will appear in the invited section of the Members tab.
You can un-invite a person you have previously invited if they have not accepted the invitation. Tick the box under Select across from their name and click the Un-invite button. The person you have un-invited will receive an email to inform them that their invitation has been withdrawn and the task generated from the initial invite will be removed from their task list.
If you are trying to invite a RGS User to become a Project Member and you cannot find their name, it may be because they are not a current RGS User (i.e. they have not been given access to RGS). These people are known as Anonymous Users. An Anonymous User must sign up to RGS first as a RGS User and Research User, before they can be invited to join a project.
An email template is available in the Members tab to invite the Anonymous User to sign up to RGS.
1. To invite a person to sign up to RGS, click 'Invite Anonymous User'.
2. An email for 'Research Governance Service (RGS) Invitation' will launch. The email contains the project details and a link to the Sign Up page within RGS. Enter the email address of the recipient, edit the content of the email as appropriate and click 'Send Email', or 'Cancel' to discard the changes.
1. A Project Member can have roles added or removed by a CPI, CPI Delegate, PI or PI Delegate. To edit a Project Member's role in the Members tab, select the member and then click 'Edit Member'. The Edit Project Member screen will launch.
2. In the Edit Project Member screen, to add a role, click 'Add Role' The Add Role screen will launch.
Select the 'Role in this project' for the Project Member. Depending on the role chosen, select the site(s) for which the user is associated with (refer to
Add a Project Member). Click 'Add' to save the changes made, or 'Cancel' to discard them. Click 'Save' to return to the Members tab.
The Project Member will receive an email notification advising them of the change in role.
3. To remove a role, select the role, and then click 'Remove Role'. A confirmation notification will appear, click 'OK' to proceed or 'Cancel' to discard your changes. Click 'Save' to return to the Members tab.
To change the CPI, refer to the
Help Wiki: Change the CPI for the next steps. Note that changing the CPI may require approval from the RGS Administrator.
A CPI, CPI Delegate, PI or PI Delegate can remove Project Members. All Project Members can remove themselves.
Project Members can only be removed if their role in the project is 'AI', 'RGM' or 'Sponsor'. This means, the CPI Delegate, PI, and PI Delegate roles first need to be changed to the RGM role before being removed. Once the Project Member is listed as an RGM they can be removed. If a CPI, PI or AI is removed from the project the reviewing HREC and relevant site should be notified using an Amendment Form.
1. To remove an active Project Member on the 'Members' screen, select the member to be removed, within the 'Active' grid. Click 'Remove Member'.
2. A confirmation message will appear to confirm that the Project Member's membership is being revoked. You may enter a comment regarding the reason for removing the project member. Click 'OK' to save the changes made, or 'Cancel' to discard them.
3. Once removed from the project, the person's name will now appear within the 'Inactive' grid with the status as 'Inactive'. To keep the Project Member's status as active, click 'Cancel'. You may reactivate the user at a later stage.
1. To activate an inactive project member on the Members screen, email RGS Support.
Researchers User Guide (Part A)
If you are using a current version of Internet Explorer, you may be in compatibility mode. Compatibility mode must be disabled for RGS to function properly.
Please contact your Service Desk for assistance.