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

Resources: For Research Participants - Overview

Helping Research Participants

Helping research participants

Learn about how AAHRPP Accreditation helps research participants like you and what accreditation involves. You deserve to have the reassurance that the organization you choose to volunteer with is committed to conducting safe, ethical research. AAHRPP accreditation is the global gold standard for research involving volunteers like you.


AAHRPP Accreditation Seal

Full Accreditation Badge

Thinking About Participation

Resources for Participants

Before you decide whether to participate in a research study, it’s a good idea to do some research of your own. Learn as much as you can about research in general and about the studies that you are considering.

Background and Educational Information
Clinical Trials
Children and Research
Social and Behavioral Science Research



"We...viewed accreditation as values-driven, not rule-driven. We wanted to make sure ethics would be at the center of any accreditation standards."
Joan Rachlin, JD, MPH
Former Executive Director
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
"AAHRPP was a pioneer in helping to identify and even coin the term HRPP (Human Research Protection Program)..."
Kenia Viamonte, MA
Director, Human Subject Research
University of Miami

...the AAHRPP accreditation process helps establish the gold standard for HRPP’s... ensuring patient confidence through a robust informed consent process.

Christopher States
Former Secretary
AAHRPP Board of Directors