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The Value of AAHRPP Accreditation

by Anita Pascoe, MS, CIP, Project Coordinator at Intermountain Healthcare

PRIM&R is pleased to share a post from Anita Pascoe, MS, CIP, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will blog here, on Ampersand, about the conference to give our readers an inside peek of what’s happening December 4-7 in Baltimore, MD.

On Thursday, following a quick breakfast, I headed toward my first session at the 2014 AER Conference, a full day pre-conference program dedicated to accreditation process of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). AAHRPP, a nonprofit organization that accredits research organizations globally, works to strengthen human research protection programs (HRPPs), through accreditation, in order to foster ethically sound research. Recently, my institution, Intermountain Healthcare, has been considering whether AAHRPP accreditation is an option we should pursue, which is why this session was a perfect way for me to kick off my conference experience.

Elyse Summers, JD, the president and CEO of AAHRPP, started the program with a brief overview of AAHRPP’s organizational objectives, its accreditation standards, and the accreditation application and approval process. AAHRPP accreditation entails completing a comprehensive pre-application self-assessment, as well as undergoing a post-application onsite evaluation by AAHRPP team experts. The process is voluntary and peer-driven, and offers significant benefits to organizations that conduct human subject research. “It is a very collaborative process,” Ms. Summers commented, noting that AAHRPP site visitors often learn new ideas from applicant organizations.

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