VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System Research Program Receives Accreditation

On September 19, 2007, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) announced that VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System’s Research Program has received full accreditation from AAHRPP.

Through the intensive accreditation process, organizations must be able to demonstrate that extensive safeguards are built into every level of their research operation.

AAHRPP standards exceed federal regulation in two ways: the protections for research participants that the federal government requires only for federally sponsored or regulated research are extended to all research and AAHRPP requires additional protections, such as conflict of interest rules and community education.

The rigorous accreditation process often results in system-wide improvements that provide greater protection for research participants and ensures the integrity of their research.

Accreditation is valid for three years.

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System joins the list of research institutions already accredited by AAHRPP, which now includes 81 organizations representing a total of 307 entities.

The list is comprised of organizations in the biomedical and behavioral and social sciences research fields, including community hospitals, Veterans Affairs hospitals, teaching hospitals, independent review boards, research institutes, contract research organizations, and universities.

About The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) is a nonprofit organization that works with organizations that conduct human research to raise the level of protection for research participants.

AAHRPP accredits organizations that can demonstrate they provide participant safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements.

The accreditation program utilizes a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model.

For organizations interested in learning more about AAHRPP accreditation, visit www.aahrpp.org.


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