AAHRPP was designed to strengthen human subject’s protections programs and set standards for human subject’s protections. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement. Penn was initially accredited by AAHRPP in 2006 and underwent its first reaccreditation in 2009 with only a few minor issues raised. Now, Penn is once again up for reaccreditation.
Reaccreditation Process - Penn’s Part I application for re-accreditation was submitted on March 13th 2014. Part I of the AAHRPP reaccreditation application contained supporting documents related to the Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) at Penn. Once AAHRPP reviews the documents submitted, Penn will receive comments and a list of active protocols to submit for Part II of the application. AAHRPP staff will then prepare for a site visit which the IRB staff is expecting before the end of 2014. The site visit will involve reviews of active protocols here at Penn as well as interviews with anyone involved with human research protections here at Penn. Please stay tuned for real time updates on Penn’s re-accreditation.