AAHRPP has accredited 223

Contact: Kirsten Blanton, (202) 783-1112;

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 16, 2010— The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) is pleased to announce that it has accredited the human research protection programs (HRPPs) at another three organizations, including a private research organization, a prominent children’s hospital and a renowned university.

Miami Research Associates (MRA) continues the trend of accreditation by leading industry private research sites.  Established in 1996, Miami Research Associates is the largest physician-owned multi-specialty clinical research center in the United States.  MRA has successfully conducted over 1,000 clinical trials in Phase I-IV.  The staff consists of over 35 board-certified physician investigators and more than 38 ACRP certified clinical research coordinators.

These diverse organizations bring the total number of accredited HRPPs to 223, representing nearly 1,100 entities. Following is a list of the newly accredited organizations:

  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Miami Research Associates, Miami, FL
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT

“These additions to the increasing group of accredited research organizations is evidence the growing public perception that earning AAHRPP’s gold seal is the right and smart thing to do for government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.” said Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., President and CEO of AAHRPP. “It also increases the number of accredited options for industry sponsors, researchers, and participants.”

AAHRPP promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs).

An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence-through policies, procedures, and practices-of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.

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