Outcome of the AAHRPP Accreditation Site Visit in June


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Outcome of the AAHRPP Accreditation Site Visit in June

SBU has completed the five year re-accreditation process of our HRPP, conducted by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).   This extensive review included a substantive application process as well as a two-day site visit.   We want to thank all of you who participated in interviews with the site visitors, who were impressed by your clear dedication to the safe and compliant conduct of research at our University. The report from the site visitors was extremely complimentary, with only minor issues noted.

 At the close-out visit, the site-visitors identified 4 major strengths:

1) The initiation of scientific review committees in some departments prior to the submission of studies to CORIHS.  These committees can improve the science of studies and quality of submissions which will stream-lining the timing to IRB approval.

2)  The Office of Research Compliance staff was complimented regarding the respect with which they are held by the research community. 

3)  The site visitors were impressed with the broad range of quality improvement programs within the Office of Research Compliance including the innovative program of monitoring consent conducted by Mary O’Neill.

4)  The commitment of the institution to resourcing the HRPP including the recruitment of a new Assistant VP for Research Compliance and two additional staff despite a university hiring freeze.

Again, thanks to everyone who works so hard to maintain our great program for our research subjects, our investigators, CORIHS members and the staff of the Office of Research Compliance.

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