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Seeking Accreditation? Here's a Tip

We encourage all human research protection programs (HRPPs) to achieve the highest standards of excellence that they can. And, we think that earning accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) is one of the best ways to do this. That’s why moving forward we will be bringing you a monthly tip for making your accreditation efforts as seamless as possible. Here’s our first one.

Tip #1: Get familiar with the AAHRPP Evaluation Instrument.

There is no document more central to the accreditation process than the AAHRPP Evaluation Instrument for Accreditation. According to Nick Slack, Director of Consulting Services at the HRP Consulting Group and former AAHRPP Accreditation Director, “the Evaluation Instrument is your roadmap for achieving accreditation. Each Standard/Element in the Evaluation Instrument includes a series of bullets under the headings ‘Required Written Materials’ and ‘Outcomes’ that directly reflect how AAHRPP will evaluate your policies and what your HRPP is doing in practice. If you ensure that your policies and processes are crafted around these bullets, your chances of earning the AAHRPP Seal and improving your program in the process will be high.”

To access AAHRPP’s recently updated Evaluation Instrument, please click here. According to AAHRPP, “the latest version includes some minor edits and the addition of changes in the Department of Defense requirements according to DOD Instruction 3216.02. Also, the requirements on financial conflict of interest in the new DHHS rule were added to Element 1.6.B.