The LSUHSC-NO Human Research Protection Program has been accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) continuously since 2013. Most recently, the HRPP was awarded full accreditation in December 2020, for a five year period. Considered the “gold seal” for human subject protection, AAHRPP accreditation signifies that an organization follows rigorous standards for ethics and quality that surpass state and federal regulations.
The primary purpose of AAHRPP accreditation is to strengthen protections for research participants. The benefits of AAHRPP's comprehensive approach to accreditation, however, extend beyond just study participants. AAHRPP-accredited organizations:
- Share innovative practices and collect data to help establish benchmarks;
- Improve quality and increase efficiency;
- Benefit from a common commitment to continuous quality improvement;
- Enhance their standing with research sponsors and U.S. federal agencies;
- Earn the respect and meet the expectations of their peers; and
- Accrue public trust and confidence in their research program.