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University of Iowa News Release

May 1, 2003

UI Receives Accreditation For Human Research Protection

The University of Iowa is the first university in the nation to receive full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

UI officials were notified of its accreditation status earlier this week.

"We congratulate the University of Iowa in reaching this important milestone," said AAHRPP executive director Marjorie Speers, Ph.D. "They sought AAHRPP accreditation, which is voluntary, because it is the right thing to do. They demonstrated, both through the self-assessment and site visit processes, that they take their ethical commitments very seriously, and that participant protection is one of their top priorities."

To receive full accreditation status, UI research administrators, working with the UI Human Subjects Office, Institutional Review Boards (committees that review research study applications involving human subjects) and other campus units, completed an extensive self-assessment. Every aspect of the UI program to ensure the ethical recruitment and protection of human subjects in research was described.

After AAHRPP review of the self-assessment, a site visit was conducted, resulting in a follow-up report. AAHRPP gives institutions 30 days to respond to the site visit report and make any particular corrections that were cited. AAHRPP's Council on Accreditation then makes a final determination about accreditation status.

"Receiving full accreditation from AAHRPP underscores the University's commitment to the highest ethical standards for research involving human participants," said David Wynes, UI assistant vice president for research. "Achieving this distinction is a reflection of the efforts of many individuals across campus working to ensure that the protection of research participants is a top priority."

AAHRPP accreditation is valid for three years. Accredited organizations submit annual reports to AAHRPP on the status of their human research protection programs.

A nonprofit, fee-for-service organization based in Washington, D.C., AHRPP was established in April 2001. It uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model of accreditation for organizations engaged in research involving human participants. AAHRPP is governed by a 21-member board of directors, and retains the volunteer services of approximately 70 expert site visitors. UI President David Skorton has served as president of the board of AAHRPP since October 2001.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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