The Ohio State University’s human research protection program (HRPP) was awarded continued full reaccreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) for an additional five years. AAHRPP accreditation is voluntary and represents the highest international standard for the protection of participants in research. Ohio State is one of approximately 600 national and international organizations earning full accreditation status from AAHRPP, demonstrating the university’s commitment to high-quality, ethically sound research. We are pleased that AAHRPP recognizes the hard work by our staff, researchers, and other support groups by accrediting our program continuously since March 12, 2010.
The goal of AAHRPP accreditation is to benefit organizations, participants, and the overall research enterprise. Accreditation standards are based on regulations and HRPP best practices. To earn accreditation, organizations must demonstrate (e.g., through policies, procedures, and practices) their commitment to ethical scientific and scholarly research and to continuous quality improvement.
The university’s HRPP was reaccredited on March 27, 2023, following a two-day on-site evaluation in late October 2022. The site visit was performed by independent experts who conducted record reviews and interviewed over a hundred researchers, university administrators, IRB members, and staff involved in supporting Ohio State’s HRPP.