Second DOE Lab Accredited Along with Five Other Organizations

Contact: David Ward, (202) 783-1112; dward@aahrpp.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 23, 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 six organizations, including a second National Laboratory from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Brookhaven National Laboratory joins the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in earning the AAHRPP seal.  HRPPs accredited at the September meeting of the Council on Accreditation represent a diverse group of government, for-profit, and academic organizations and bring the total number of accredited HRPPs to 220, representing nearly 1,100 entities.

Following is a list of the newly accredited organizations:

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY
  • Compass IRB, LLC, Mesa City, AZ
  • Mid*Lands IRB, LLC, Overland Park, KS
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY
  • The University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

“These additions to the increasing group of accredited organizations demonstrate that earning AAHRPP’s gold seal is the right and smart thing to assure the protection of research participants.” said Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., President and CEO of AAHRPP. “It also increases the number of accredited options for industry sponsors and researchers.”

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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