Creighton University has joined an elite group of about 250 U.S. health organizations and seven organizations outside the U.S. that have been granted full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).
The 10-year-old nonprofit organization works with groups that conduct human research and provide safeguards that exceed U.S. federal standards. The accreditation process is voluntary and involves a thorough review by a panel of peers of written policies and procedures involving human research as well as extensive onsite interviews about how those procedures are implemented.
“This is the accumulation of four years of hard work by 40 or more Creighton faculty and staff, including Creighton’s two institutional review boards (IRBs), IRB administration, school deans, legal counsel and 12-14 researchers. It demonstrates Creighton’s commitment to the sanctity of human life as well as the importance of research to improve health care for society as a whole,” said Kathleen Taggart, Creighton associate vice president for research and compliance.
Marjorie Speers, AAHRPP president and chief executive officer, noted that organizations earning the “AAHRPP gold seal” have demonstrated their commitment ”to rigorous standards that help protect research participants while ensuring that society continues to reap the benefits of research.”
Currently, Creighton’s institutional review boards oversee approximately 700 active clinical research projects in the biomedical and social behavioral sciences.
In achieving AAHRPP accreditation, Creighton joins such organizations as Johns Hopkins Harvard, Duke and Emory universities. In Nebraska, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and University of Nebraska at Lincoln are also accredited.