The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., will conduct a reaccreditation visit via remote access on October 27th & 28th, 2020.

AAHRPP is a worldwide independent accrediting body that works to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. The program promotes the advancement of ethical and professional conduct among organizations that engage in research with human participants.  Accreditation offers a model to assure that the highest standards for quality and protection are in place at research institutions. The accreditation process is based on self-assessment, peer review, and education.  The LSUHSC Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has been accredited since 2013 and is now seeking a 5-year re-accreditation.

The LSUHSC HRPP has completed Step 1 and Step 2 of the accreditation process, which included providing AAHRPP with a written description of the LSUHSC HRPP Policies & Procedures, programmatic resources, a list of all active IRB protocols, and other pertinent information. A site visit, conducted remotely this year for obvious reasons, is the next step in the accreditation process. During the site visit, representatives from AAHRPP will conduct interviews and review records to ensure that the policies and procedures have been implemented effectively and are being adhered to throughout the health sciences center.

Prepare for Site Visit Interviews

Who will be selected for interviews?

The AAHRPP site visitors plan to meet with representatives from the Office of Research Services  and senior management to ask organizational questions and conduct a records review. They will then conduct interviews with administrators, IRB members, staff, and chair, as well as investigators and research study team members. They will also interview key organizational officials, such as those who review contracts, manage financial conflicts of interest, lead departments involved in research, and provide legal advice. AAHRPP will select approximately 75 individuals to be interviewed based on information provided by the LSUHSC IRB Office. The IRB Office will notify selected candidates of their appointment date and time once that information is available from AAHRPP.

Which research team(s) will be selected for interviews?

Investigators will be selected who reflect the ranges of experience, protocol volume, types of ongoing research, and research risk levels at the organization. In addition to investigators, site visitors will interview coordinators, co-investigators, and other study team members.

What can you expect if you are selected as an interviewee?

AAHARP is interested in your awareness of and knowledge about key concepts and policies, including, but not limited to:

  • Human subject research regulations such as the Common Rule (45 CFR 46), FDA regulations, the Belmont Report, and Conflict of Interest policies
  • Human subject protections and your role in providing informed consent, strategies for minimizing risk, proper report of adverse event and unanticipated problems
  • The strength and effectiveness of the LSUHSC HRPP, including education and training, adequacy of resources for researchers, researcher accountability, HRPP structure, and perceptions of the HRPP

The specific questions you will be asked by the AAHRPP site visitors depends upon your particular role in the HRPP or your role(s) on research studies.

Does the IRB Office offer any support for individuals selected for interviews?

The IRB Office has developed several guidance documents, including potential questions interviewees may be asked, based on broad functional roles in the HRPP. Please select and download the most appropriate interview guide for your role to prepare for the AAHRPP site visit.

AAHRPP Guide for Researchers and Research Staff

AAHRPP Guide for IRB Members and Staff

AAHRPP Guide for Administrators


The IRB Office staff also are available to answer your questions and help you have a successful interview. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at: IRBOffice@lsuhsc.edu