Office of Human Research Affairs

Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)

The AAHRPP accreditation site visit is scheduled for April 27-29.

Prior to the site visit, AAHRPP will randomly select and interview researchers, staff, IRB members, and others involved in human subject research. The OHRA will reach out to everyone who is selected for an interview to help prepare.
To prepare for your interview, please see the educational resources below.   

 Human Research Training Materials 

Researchers/Research Staff   
IRB Members   



AAHRPP Training Sessions   

Dates Times Location


Additional Resources  

AAHRPP Accreditation Overview Powerpoint  Human Research Protection Program Policy  Comprehensive Conflict of Interest Policy 


What is AAHRPP?

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs).

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.

What is the value of Accreditation?

AAHRPP accreditation indicates that your organization follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research. When you earn the AAHRPP seal, you earn a place among the world's most respected, trustworthy research organizations. Learn more...  

Goals, Principles, and Standards

The goals of accreditation are to:

  • Improve the systems that protect the rights and welfare of individuals who participate in research. 
  • And communicate to the public the strength of an Organization's commitment to the protection of human research participants. 

To help promote these goals, AAHRPP has adopted nine overarching principlesfor protecting human research participants, which serve as the foundation for the AAHRPP Accreditation Standards for Human Research Protection Programs. The AAHRPP Accreditation Standards themselves describe what Organizations can do to consistently act on these principles by applying them to the diverse organizational and cultural contexts in which research is conducted and reviewed. 

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