(CHICAGO) ― Rush University Medical Center received a renewal in June of its accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).
AAHRPP accredits organizations conducting human research that can demonstrate that their research meets rigorous standards for ethics, quality and protections, exceeding the safeguards required by the U.S. government. Last year, Rush became one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive the accreditation. Accreditations last three years, but institutions need to produce a research report annually to continue accreditation.
“The accreditation provides an important external endorsement — that Rush’s approach to research meets national best practices,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, Rush CEO. “While many organizations meet government regulations regarding participant safety and welfare, Rush has met a higher standard, set by our peers in the national research community.”
AAHRPP was established as a not-for-profit following a mandate from the Institute of Medicine to build public trust in clinical research. Rush is one of 184 other leading research institutions in having earned AAHRPP’s accreditation, which has emerged as the gold standard worldwide for clinical research quality.
“AAHRPP certification reaffirms that Rush is fully compliant with best research practices,” said Dr. James Mulshine, vice president for research at Rush. “It is a demonstration of our strong commitment to protecting research participants and promoting high-quality research.
“Research is our best hope for understanding disease so we can find new prevention or treatment approaches. It’s critical for research study volunteers to feel comfortable in agreeing to participate, and we hope this accreditation will further encourage more people to take part in this important endeavor. Without this vital relationship, it would be much more difficult to improve health outcomes.”
To earn accreditation, organizations must meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria for protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. The accreditation process requires organizations to take a comprehensive look at their human research protection programs (HRPP) to identify and address any weaknesses and to build upon their strengths. The result is a more cohesive HRPP, with the systems in place to not only protect research participants but also to advance research more efficiently and effectively.
AAHRPP accreditation is available to U.S. and international organizations that conduct biomedical, behavioral or social sciences research involving human participants.
As of May 2013, total year-to-date external research awards at Rush equaled more than $72 million with approximately 1,700 human subject research studies in progress.