Association for the Accreditation
of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. ®

Resources: For Accreditation - Procedures


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Latest Update: June 19, 2024


Organizations seeking accreditation must submit a nonrefundable application fee. The application fee covers the costs of the initial accreditation evaluation, including the site visit. The application fee is due when the organization applies as an applicant. Fees are based on the size and complexity of the HRPP and the fee schedule takes into account the most common HRPPs' structures.


AAHRPP encourages organizations to make a formal commitment by prepaying their application fee and becoming clients. AAHRPP offers an incentive to prepaying by guaranteeing the fee through the end of the following year. If an organization does not submit an application by the end of the following year, there is no penalty, the organization simply pays any difference in the fee between the year in which it submits an application and the year through which the fee is guaranteed. AAHRPP offers this option because it helps organizations make accreditation a priority. In addition, AAHRPP provides unlimited consultation to its clients.


Annual fees commence one year after the organization submits an application. An organization granted Full Accreditation, Qualified Accreditation, or Accreditation-Pending pays an annual fee. Because annual fees are linked to the date of application submission (and not to the date of accreditation), the annual fees would be due regardless of whether an Application for Accreditation or Application for Reaccreditation has been reviewed by the Council on Accreditation.

Organizations pay a one-time application fee and annual fees thereafter. Application and annual fees may be pre-paid. Annual fees cover the reaccreditation costs. Fees are on a sliding scale and are based on the size of the human research portfolio an organization manages, reviews, conducts, and/or sponsors. They are published on the AAHRPP website and may be changed by AAHRPP from time to time.