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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 17, 2010--The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) is pleased to announce that it has expanded accreditation in the U.S. and internationally, as a diverse group of hospitals, independent institutional review boards, and an academic center earned accreditation at the June meeting of its Council on Accreditation.
AAHRPP awarded Full Accreditation to five hospitals—Baystate Health, Inc., Springfield, MA; Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dayton, OH; The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH; and The Catholic University of Korea Catholic Medical Center and Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea—as well as two independent institutional review boards—Alpha Independent Review, Inc., San Clemente, CA, and IRB Company Inc., Buena Park, CA—and the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA.
AAHRPP promotes the highest 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.
The new organizations bring the total number of accredited organizations to 214, covering more than 1,000 different entities.