AAHRPP accredits 15 research organizations, bringing total to 107

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March 20, 2008

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AAHRPP ACCREDITS 15 RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS, BRINGING TOTAL TO 107

Organizations Include First Department of Energy Research Laboratory and First State Health Department

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2008 – The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. today announced that it has accredited another 15 organizations – including its first U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory and first state health department.

The number of accredited organizations has surpassed the 100 mark. To date, 107 organizations representing a total of 445 entities have earned AAHRPP accreditation.

“Accreditation results in greater emphasis on quality, stronger protections for research participants and increased public trust in research and its findings,” said AAHRPP President and CEO Marjorie A. Speers. “As more organizations commit to accreditation’s high standards, these benefits are being realized in hospitals, universities, institutional review boards and other research facilities nationwide.”

The newly accredited organizations are:

Full Accreditation
· Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL
· Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
· Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, Columbia, MO
· James J. Peters Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, NY
· New Mexico VA Health Care System, Albuquerque, NM
· New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
· Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
· Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
· University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
· VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, IL
· VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Omaha, NE
· Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA

Qualified Accreditation
· Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
· Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
· University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO

For these and all accredited organizations, AAHRPP accreditation can translate into significant benefits for research participants and society as a whole.

“At any given time, the Florida Department of Health oversees more than 230 studies that ultimately could improve the health and quality of life for Florida’s more than 18 million residents,” said Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, state surgeon general. “Our AAHRPP accreditation covers research in all of our programs, including our 67 county health departments and, as a result, provides added assurances and enhanced protections for research participants statewide.”

Through the rigorous accreditation process, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to the highest standards for research. AAHRPP’s standards exceed federal regulations by requiring organizations to address conflicts of interest, to provide community outreach and education and to apply the same stringent protections to all research involving human participants. (Under federal regulations, such protections are mandated only for federally sponsored or regulated research.) The accreditation process typically results in system-wide improvements that enhance protections for research participants and promote high-quality research.

Accreditation is available to U.S. and international organizations that conduct biomedical, behavioral or social sciences research involving human participants. The list of accredited organizations includes community and teaching hospitals; VA facilities, universities; institutional review boards; research institutes and contract research organizations.

Decisions on accreditation are announced quarterly, and accreditation is valid for three years.

About the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.
AAHRPP is a nonprofit organization that works with organizations that conduct or review human research to raise the level of protection for research participants. AAHRPP accredits organizations that can demonstrate they provide participant safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements. The accreditation program utilizes a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model. For organizations interested in learning more about accreditation, visit www.aahrpp.org.