AAHRPP Accreditation

On June 15, 2020, the medical school’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) was 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.

The accreditation process served as an opportunity to comprehensively assess process improvements, benchmarks and best practices through rigorous records review and extensive interviews with the accreditation site visitors.

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.

Who is Part of the WMed HRPP?

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

Questions on accreditation?

Contact HRPP Director Maureen Owens at 269.337.4269 or maureen.owens@med.wmich.edu.