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Accreditation: Get Accredited - Part 1: Conduct a Self-Assessment

Applying for accreditation primarily involves conducting a self-assessment. The self-assessment is a critical, introspective examination of a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) in which the program is evaluated according to each element of the AAHRPP Accreditation Standards.

At the heart of the accreditation process is a comprehensive self-assessment during which an Organization reviews its HRPP and evaluates its compliance with the AAHRPP Accreditation Standards and Elements. Given the scope of these Standards and Elements, it is not surprising that one of the most frequent questions that AAHRPP receives is “Where do we begin?”

Tips for Completing the Self-Assessment

Once you start the self-assessment, you will be surprised at how quickly everything falls into place—and how valuable the self-assessment proves in strengthening your HRPP. 

The following are some tips designed to answer that question. As you move forward with accreditation, keep in mind that the process is meant to be rigorous, not overwhelming.

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Steps to Get Accredited

Step 1 - Self Assessment

Part 1 Self-Assessment

Step 3 - Evaluation

Part 2 Build Application

Step 4 - Notification of Accreditation

Part 3 Evaluation of
Written Materials

Step 2 - Build Application

Part 4Evaluation of

Step 5 - Post Council Review

Part 5 Council Review

Step 6 - Maintain Accreditation

Part 6 Response to
Council Review