Moving toward one standard worldwide for research protections
Washington, D.C., December 12, 2011―The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. today announced that it has accredited another seven organizations―including its first organizations in India.
Four of the seven newly accredited organizations are outside the U.S., underscoring AAHRPP’s progress in moving toward one standard worldwide for protecting research participants. All told, 241 organizations have now earned accreditation, including institutions in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, India, Korea and Singapore.
The latest accreditations come as AAHRPP celebrates the 10th anniversary of its founding in 2001 and prepares to mark 10 years since the issuance of the first accreditation standards in 2002.
“The goal, a decade ago, was to establish an accrediting organization to strengthen research protections and improve the quality of research,” said Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., AAHRPP president and CEO. “Since then, hundreds of organizations have earned the AAHRPP gold seal, demonstrating their commitment to rigorous standards that help protect research participants while ensuring that society continues to reap the benefits of research.”
The newly accredited organizations are:
- Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
- Diex Research Sherbrooke, Inc. & Diex Research Montreal, Inc., Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
- IRB Services, Aurora, Ontario, Canada
- Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, Manipal, India
- Manipal Hospital Bangalore, Bangalore, India
- Texas Health Resources, Arlington, Texas, USA
- The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
For these and all accredited organizations, AAHRPP accreditation translates into significant benefits for research participants and society as a whole.
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.
About the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.
A nonprofit organization, AAHRPP works with groups that conduct human research in order to raise the level of protection for research participants. AAHRPP accredits organizations that can demonstrate that their participant safeguards exceed U.S. federal requirements. The accreditation program uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model.