TTUHSC Receives “Gold Seal” Accreditation for Human Research Protection

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September 21, 2015
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TTUHSC Receives “Gold Seal” Accreditation for Human Research Protection

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has received full accreditation by The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), an independent and worldwide oversight group.

AAHRPP accreditation provides evidence that TTUHSC meets rigorous standards through policies, procedures, and practices — of the institutional commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement. As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators and the general public of the quality of the human subjects program at TTUHSC.

AAHRPP accredits high-quality human research protection programs in order to promote excellent, ethically sound research. P. Michael Conn, Ph.D., senior vice president for research and associate provost, said with this recognition, TTUHSC becomes one of only 12 of the Texas academic health institutions to have received accreditation.

“This is a major step forward for us,” Conn said, “This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence in clinical studies and our growth in research.”

AAHRPP accreditation followed a year of internal evaluation and process improvements that were evaluated by an external site visit team sent by the accreditation organization. Over 40 administrators, Institutional Review Board members, researchers and research staff from the Lubbock and Amarillo TTUHSC campuses were interviewed during the site visit to ensure that written policies were known and best practices were being followed.

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