AAHRPP Accreditation

AAHRPPThe University of California, Davis received full accreditation on June 16, 2015 from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). AAHRPP, an independent, non-profit accrediting body, uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that Human Research Protection Programs (HRPPs) meet rigorous standards for quality and protection.

AAHRPP accredits only the highest quality HRPPs that promote excellent, ethically sound research, surpassing state and federal regulations. The accreditation signifies that our organization follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research, fostering public trust and confidence in human research at UC Davis and placing us among the most respected, and trustworthy research organizations in the world. The benefits of AAHRPP’s comprehensive approach to accreditation extend beyond participants to our human HRPP as a whole.

AAHRPP-accredited organizations:

  • Earn the respect and meet the expectations of their peers.  More than 60 percent of U.S. research-intensive universities and 65 percent of U.S. medical schools are either AAHRPP accredited or have begun the accreditation process. Of the five UC Academic Medical Centers, three are currently accredited.
  • Play a leadership role in collaborative efforts. AAHRPP accreditation instills trust among research partners and, therefore, is becoming a requirement for collaboration. AAHRPP-accredited organizations often insist that accreditation status be a determining factor in decisions on external IRB review.
  • Gain a competitive edge with sponsors and other funders, who recognize that AAHRPP-accredited organizations have more efficient operations, provide more comprehensive protections, and produce high-quality data. Some sponsors consider accreditation status when choosing investigative sites.
  • Reduce the risk of non-compliance. AAHRPP accreditation signifies that an organization has built the necessary infrastructure for a quality human research protection program (HRPP). AAHRPP-accredited organizations tend to have more streamlined, effective policies and procedures. These organizations also typically keep better records and are more likely to avoid costly shutdowns and problematic inspections.
  • Enhance their standing with U.S. federal agencies, which are more likely to target non-accredited organizations for inspections. Federal agencies have begun seeking AAHRPP accreditation for their own HRPPs. The central IRB for the National Cancer Institute earned AAHRPP accreditation in December 2012.
  • Benefit from a common commitment to continuous quality improvement. AAHRPP-accredited organizations share innovative practices and collect data to help establish benchmarks and assess quality improvement. AAHRPP compiles and distributes these data to aid organizations, sponsors, government agencies, and participants in identifying and promoting high-quality practices.

If you have any questions about this accreditation process, please contact Kathryn Smith at kamsmith@ucdavis.edu.