Thursday, February 23, 2012

Acknowledging Accreditation’s Leaders

This month marks 10 years since AAHRPP issued its first accreditation standards, challenging organizations to voluntarily adopt more stringent criteria for human research and research protections.

Today, more than 240 organizations worldwide have demonstrated that they comply with what is now considered “the gold standard” for the research enterprise. But back in 2002, it required leadership and vision to invest time and resources in what was then an unproven process.

Six organizations rose to the challenge and, almost as soon as the standards were released, signaled their intent to pursue accreditation:

These six organizations were the first to conduct the comprehensive self-assessments that AAHRPP requires, the first to submit the extensive accreditation application, and the first to undergo the rigorous AAHRPP site visit.

Ultimately, their foresight earned them a place in history. They are, and always will be, the first organizations to demonstrate their commitment to research participants by earning AAHRPP accreditation.

As AAHRPP celebrates our tenth anniversary, we salute those who had the courage to support accreditation in its earliest days. These six organizations led by example. In the process, they laid the foundation for stronger protections and better research—for decades to come.

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