AAHRPP accredits 67 organizations in 2008

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AAHRPP accredits 67 organizations in 2008; up 42.6 percent over last year

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2008 – The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) today announced that it has accredited another 21 organizations, for a total of 67 new accreditations this year. The 2008 total represents an increase of 42.6 percent over last year—and the most accreditations in any single year since AAHRPP was founded.

The newly accredited organizations reflect AAHRPP’s continued inroads across all sectors of the research enterprise. The list includes two independent institutional review boards, a teaching hospital, a cancer center, a university and 16 Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

AAHRPP was established in April 2001 and began accepting applications for accreditation in early 2002.

The first accreditations were awarded a year later. To date, 159 organizations representing more than 750 entities have earned accreditation.

“Interest in accreditation continues to increase, primarily because organizations are realizing that accreditation can strengthen and streamline their research protection programs—and help safeguard research participants,” said AAHRPP President and CEO Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D.

“The bottom line is that accreditation is both the right and smart thing to do,” she added. “Our 159 accredited organizations have demonstrated that they can achieve AAHRPP’s high standards. That distinguishes them from their non-accredited peers and increases their appeal to sponsors, research partners and research participants.”

The newly accredited organizations are:

Full Accreditation

Aspire Independent Review Board, LLC, La Mesa, CA
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines, FL
Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Coatesville, PA
Hampton VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA
IRC – Independent Review Consulting, Inc., Corte Madera, CA
Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Miami VA Healthcare System, Miami, FL
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Salem VA Medical Center, Salem, VA
St. Louis VA Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA
Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, MD
Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC
Wilkes-Barres VA medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA 
William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, SC
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI
Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

Qualified Accreditation

Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
SysVA Tennessee Valley Healthcare tem, Nashville, TN

Through the rigorous accreditation process, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to the highest standards for research. AAHRPP’s standards exceed federal regulations by requiring organizations to address conflict of interest, to provide community outreach and education and to apply the same stringent protections to all research involving human participants. (Under federal regulations, such protections are mandated only for federally sponsored or regulated research.) The accreditation process typically results in system-wide improvements that enhance protections for research participants and promote high-quality research.

Accreditation is available to U.S. and international organizations that conduct biomedical, behavioral or social sciences research involving human participants. Decisions on accreditation are announced quarterly, and accreditation is valid for three years.

About the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.
AAHRPP is a non-profit organization that works with organizations that conduct human research to raise the level of protection for research participants. AAHRPP accredits organizations that can demonstrate they provide participant safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements. The accreditation program utilizes a voluntary, peer-driven educational model. For organizations interested in learning more about accreditation, visit http://www.aahrpp.org/