243 have now attained the "gold standard" for research protections
Washington, D.C., March 15, 2012 ― The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. today announced that it has accredited two more organizations: Boise VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, and VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Wash.
All told, 243 organizations have now earned accreditation, including institutions in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto, Rico, Canada, China, India, Korea, and Singapore.
The latest accreditations come as AAHRPP marks 10 years since the issuance of the first accreditation standards in 2002. "Our progress has been remarkable," said Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., AAHRPP president and CEO. "A decade ago, accreditation was virtually unheard of. Today, it is synonymous with high-quality research and ethical treatment of research participants."
Speers gives much of the credit for AAHRPP's success to the research enterprise. "Accreditation has taken hold because the research community genuinely cares about protecting participants," she said. "Despite the challenges of the past decade, the research community has stood firm and embraced the rigors of accreditation."
Accreditation is available to U.S. and international organizations that conduct biomedical, behavioral or social sciences reserach 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. FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
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