Record Number of Children's Hospitals Accredited

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Accreditations at Children's HospitalsFollow Rise in Research on Children

Washington, D.C., September 17, 2009—With clinical research on children rising, the number of independent children’s hospitals awarded accreditation for their human research protection programs has increased nearly three-fold in 2009.

Last week three children’s hospitals—Miami Children’s Hospital in Florida, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc., in Georgia—joined four other organizations in receiving full accreditation status from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

Two other independent children’s hospitals—Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and Nemours, with offices in Wilmington, Delaware, and Florida—achieved accreditation earlier in the year. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston had earned accreditation previously, in 2007 and 2005, respectively.

In addition, many accredited organizations include children’s hospitals within their organizations’ human protection programs.

The seven new accreditations bring the total number of accredited organizations to 194, representing more than 930 entities. The following organizations were awarded accreditation.

Full Accreditation:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC

University at Buffalo—State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

Qualified Accreditation:

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX

AAHRPP is a non-profit organization that works with organizations that conduct 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.

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 program utilizes a voluntary, peer-driven educational model. 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.

The accreditation process typically results in system-wide improvements that enhance protections for research participants and promote high-quality research. For organizations interested in learning more about accreditation, visit

Accreditation is available to organizations worldwide that conduct biomedical, behavioral or social sciences research involving human participants. Decisions on accreditation are announced quarterly, and accreditation is valid for three years.