Announcements : Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Accreditation

6/16/2015: Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Accreditation


Effective June 16, 2015, the University of Miami’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has been awarded accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). Accreditation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the most comprehensive protections for human research participants and the highest quality and ethically sound research. Becoming accredited is a remarkable achievement and a true testament to what we can accomplish together. It is representative of the different areas that collectively help make our HRPP successful.

Information about AAHRPP

An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence-through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

As the “gold seal,” AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.

AAHRPP was founded in 2001 by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of American Universities, Consortium of Social Science Associations, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, National Health Council, and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research.

The AAHRPP website contains a number of useful documents such as information on AAHRPP’s history and formation, its approach to evaluation, and standards for accrediting human research protection programs. http://www.aahrpp.org/

Who is Part of the University of Miami’s HRPP?

All the various areas who participate in the review, approval, conduct, facilitation and quality assurance of human subject research.

The Accreditation Process

AAHRPP has designed an accreditation process to help organizations consistently meet ethical principles and standards for protecting research participants. The accreditation process includes two major phases: preparation of a written application addressing each of the AAHRPP accreditation standards and a site visit by a team of professionals assembled by AAHRPP to inspect program operations.

While preparing its written application, the University of Miami’s HRPP conducted a lengthy self-assessment to assure that we complied with AAHRPP’s accreditation standards, federal regulations and federal guidance applicable to human research protections. The written application to AAHRPP was submitted in April 2014 and approved in September 2014. The site visit took place in April 2015 and at the June 2015 Council meeting, full accreditation was awarded for (3) years.

Questions on accreditation?

Kindly contact Kenia Viamonte, Sr. Manager for Compliance/ IRB Affairs at 305-243-9672 or kviamonte@med.miami.edu.