Goals, Principles, and Standards

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The goals of accreditation are to:

  • Improve the systems that protect the rights and welfare of individuals who participate in research.
  • And communicate to the public the strength of an Organization's commitment to the protection of human research participants.

To help promote these goals, AAHRPP has adopted nine overarching principles for protecting human research participants, which serve as the foundation for the AAHRPP Accreditation Standards for Human Research Protection Programs. The AAHRPP Accreditation Standards themselves describe what Organizations can do to consistently act on these principles by applying them to the diverse organizational and cultural contexts in which research is conducted and reviewed.