Research accreditation represents a critical indicator of quality. In the case of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), it represents a fundamental dedication to human safety-a critical underpinning of human clinical trials. The following research sites achieved accreditation:
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, LLC of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc., Boston MA
- Memorial Health Services, Fountain Valley, CA
- National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan
More than 600 research sites worldwide have achieved AAHRPP accreditations. As the trend toward multisite, multi-institutional research intensifies a growing emphasis is placed on universal standards. AAHRPP accreditation requires organizations demonstrate extensive safeguards into the research operation. All major U.S. independent institutional review boards have earned AAHRPP accreditation. In addition, 70 percent of U.S. medical colleges and 85 percent of the top National Institutes of Health-funded academic medical centers are either AAHRPP accredited or have begun the accreditation process. NIH, the world’s largest public funder of research, has earned accreditation, as has Pfizer, Inc., the largest industry sponsor of clinical research.
Accreditation will grow with globalization. For example, a new, systems-directed, comprehensive accreditation standard has emerged for the research site as well. Designed to be complimentary to the prestigious AAHRPP accreditation, the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) is preparing to commercialize its Site Accreditation and Standards Initiative (SASI) in a significant group of early adopters. Visionary Principal Investigator Greg Koski drove the effort over the past half-decade. With not only the globalization of clinical research, but also the specialization into complex, precision-targeted scientific fields, ACRES SASI offers a compelling foundational framework for not only promoting safety but also comprehensive quality and importantly—productivity for the research site.