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Educational Resources

AAHRPP takes a peer-review, educational approach to accreditation and provides a variety of print, online, and training resources to help organizations interpret the accreditation standards and navigate the accreditation process.

Metrics on HRPP Performance uses objective data to show how accredited Human Research Protection Programs actually perform. The figures and tables provide sponsors, researchers, and IRBs themselves with objective data to answer such questions as how long it takes the average accredited institutional review board or ethics committee to move a protocol from submission to approval. In fact, because so many have asked such questions about the research enterprise—without uncovering many evidenced-based answers—AAHRPP updates these charts regularly and adds new data annually.

Introductory Webinars provide individuals conducting their self-assessment and preparing the accreditation application with a one-on-one experience with AAHRPP staff in order to learn about the accreditation process. You also have time to ask detailed questions, discuss specific items related to your organization, and learn how to interpret regulations.

Educational Webinars provide the in-depth give-and-take of a seminar led by an expert on human research protection. They help you think through such issues as hot topics, government regulations and guidance that are difficult to interpret, and challenging policies that are difficult to put into practice.

Our quarterly newsletter, ADVANCE, provides focused, practical, and topical information on accreditation and the organizations that earn it. Feel free to e-mail AAHRPP at to subscribe, and with any other questions about accreditation.

The Annual Conference benefits professionals from both accredited and non-accredited organizations, including those working on accreditation or those new to the accreditation process. Government, industry, voluntary health agencies, and community groups that promote human research protection and quality research, as well as institutional officials, IRB professionals and chairs, compliance professionals, researchers, sponsors, and patient group leaders all learn together at these yearly meetings.