AAHRPP accredits 22 more research organizations; on target to meet accreditation goals

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June 19, 2008

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AAHRPP ACCREDITS 22 MORE RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS; ON TARGET TO MEET ACCREDITATION GOALS

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2008 – The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) today announced that it has accredited another 22 organizations ― and is on track to achieve its goal of accrediting the majority of academic health centers by 2010.

To date, 129 organizations representing more than 550 entities have earned AAHRPP accreditation. Forty-two percent of the nation’s research-intensive universities, 36 percent of U.S. medical schools and 52 percent of Department of Veterans Administration facilities are now accredited.

“Accreditation holds organizations to the highest standards of protection, so each accreditation marks another milestone for research participants and for all of us who are committed to safe, ethical, excellent research,” said AAHRPP President and CEO Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D.

“As more organizations attain accreditation, participants will be able to consider accreditation status when deciding whether to participate in a particular research study,” she added. “Participants will have more options, and organizations will have even more incentive to pursue AAHRPP accreditation.”

The newly accredited organizations are:

Full Accreditation
Atlanta VA Medical Center, Atlanta, GA
Augusta Veterans Administration Medical Center, Augusta, GA
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Goodwyn Institutional Review Board, Ltd., Cincinnati, OH
Harvard University, University Area Institutions, Cambridge, MA
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL
Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Clarksburg, WV
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
Providence VA Medical Center, Providence, RI
Richard L. Roudebush VAMC, Indianapolis, IN
Schulman Associates Institutional Review Board, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT
VA Loma Linda Healthcare System and VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Loma Linda, CA
VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Long Beach, CA
VA Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo, NY
Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Asheville, Asheville, NC
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Qualified Accreditation
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
VISN 20 Multi-Site Human Research Protection Program, Portland, OR

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 conflict 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 or behavioral and social sciences research involving human participants. The list of accredited organizations includes community, VA and teaching hospitals; universities; independent 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 human research to raise the level of protection for research participants and to promote ethically sound research. The accreditation program utilizes a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model. For organizations interested in learning more about accreditation, visit http://www.aahrpp.org/