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AAHRPP Accreditation

Drexel University has applied for accreditation of our Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) to the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP)

Drexel University has received Full Accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) www.aahrpp.org . Drexel University strives to adhere to the highest ethical standards in its protection of human research participants in addition to ensuring compliance with all relevant federal regulations and state laws.

Information about AAHRPP

AAHRPP was founded in 2001 by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of American Universities, Consortium of Social Science Associations, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, National Health Council, and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research.

The AAHRPP website contains a number of useful documents such as information on AAHRPP's history and formation, its approach to evaluation, and standards for accrediting human research protection programs.

The Accreditation Process

AAHRPP has designed an accreditation process to help organizations consistently meet ethical principles and standards for protecting research participants.

While preparing its written application, Drexel University’s HRPP conducted a lengthy self-assessment of its operations, including the operations of the three Drexel University IRBs, to assure that they complied with AAHRPP's accreditation standards.
The application was submitted in October 2012 and was reviewed and accepted by the AAHRPP Accreditation Manager January 2013. Drexel University received Full AAHRPP Accreditation on September 13, 2013.

Policies and Guidance Posted on HRPP Website

As a result of the self-assessment, the Drexel University HRPP and IRBs wrote and revised policies and procedures, investigator guidance, and forms applicable to the conduct of human subject’s research.

Those policies and procedures, investigator guidance, and forms, which reflect any changes required to comply with accreditation standards, are available on the HRP website. Please take a look at the website at your convenience and email any questions or comments to hrpp@drexel.edu.