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Research institutions prepare for accreditation
First surveys expected to begin this summer
The Partnership for Human Research Protection (PHRP) in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, recently announced the approval of final standards for a new accreditation program to safeguard the interests of human subjects participating in research efforts.
Ten organizations that have committed to PHRP accreditation have begun work on survey readiness evaluations. The first accreditation surveys are expected to begin this summer.
The PHRP released draft standards in December 2002 for testing and public comment. The final standards address organization responsibilities, institutional review board structure and operations, consideration of risks and benefits, and informed consent.
Organizations will use an on-line tool to evaluate their readiness for a survey and to initiate the accreditation process. The accreditation process will involve a review of the evaluation results and supporting documentation, and an on-site survey, during which a team of PHRP surveyors — individuals experienced in biomedical research — will validate performance against the standards.
A partnership between the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the PHRP provides a national set of standards and a voluntary oversight process that creates a framework for ensuring that processes are in place to inform and protect volunteer human research subjects.