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ETSU granted continued accreditation from AAHRPP

Friday, January 16, 2009JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University has received continued accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), a prestigious and highly respected organization that accredits institutions where human subjects research is conducted.

This designation applies to the ETSU Human Research Protection Program, including the ETSU Campus and ETSU/VA Medical Campus Institutional Review Boards, which review all studies at the university, the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Mountain States Health Alliance.

ETSU joins other accredited institutions, such as Baylor College of Medicine, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Vanderbilt University.

“Earning AAHRPP accreditation is an ambitious feat, and it requires that institutions go above and beyond the standard federal government regulations in terms of safety monitoring of human subjects research,” said Dr. Bill Duncan, ETSU vice provost for Research. “We are committed to human subjects protection, and this vote of continued accreditation sends an important message to the region that research studies approved by our review boards meet the highest standards of compliance possible.”

To achieve AAHRPP accreditation, organizations must be able to demonstrate that extensive safeguards are built into every level of their research operation. AAHRPP standards exceed federal regulations in two ways: the protections for research participants that the federal government requires only for federally sponsored or regulated research are extended to all research and AAHRPP requires additional protections, such as conflict of interest rules and community education.

ETSU was awarded full accreditation from AAHRPP in 2006 and was among the first in the nation to earn the designation.

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