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Save the dates! The AAHRPP Site Visit is March 23 and 24, 2021.
AAHRPP is an independent accrediting organziation that uses a peer-driven evaluation and education process to ensure institutional Human Research Protection Programs, such as U-M's HRPP, establish and maintain rigorous standards of protections for human research participants.
AAHRPP accreditation is a signal to our research community, our worldwide collaborators, and research sponsors that U-M strives to protect human research participants through the continual improvement of the ethical and professional conduct of research.
U-M's 2021 AAHRPP re-accreditation process is now underway! This effort, organized by the Office of Research Compliance Review (ORCR), involves a select representation of U-M Principal Investigators and study team personnel, the U-M IRBs, and the U-M HRRP component units.
U-M's HRPP has maintained AAHRPP accreditation since 2008. Re-accreditation demonstrates to AAHRPP and to ourselves that we provide superior protection to the human participants of U-M research! Learn how you can participate to help us earn full accreditation.
AAHRPP Site Visit
The site visit is conducted through a series of interviews designated to evaluate how well U-M practices the ethical and regulatory-required human subjects protections as outlined in the Common Rule, the HRPP Operations Manual, the IRB standard operating procedures, and other federal, state or local guidelines.
Dates: March 23 and 24, 2021
Location: Virtual site visit using Zoom videoconferencing. Each interviewee will receive a meeting link with video/audio call directions.
Interview Times: Each interview will be scheduled at a specific time. The selected interviewees will receive a meeting invitation for their interview in February.
Site Visit Preparation
What you can do now
Early preparation for the site visit is key to success! Start now by:
Re-familiarizing yourself with the updated HRPP Operations Manual.
Downloading the preparation materials for your role(s) from M+Box. See the References & Resources section below for links.
More resources and preparation guidance will be made available on this webpage and in the M+Box folders throughout the re-accreditation process. Revisit this webpage frequently for updates.
January - March
Review the interview guidance. See the References & Resources section below for links.
The AAHRPP re-accreditation team will continue working with the U-M IRBs, the HRPP component units, and selected interviewees to prepare for the site visit. Expect additional communications and look for preparation activities up to the site visit in March.
AAHRPP, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., is an independent organization that reviews and accredits institutions engaged in human subjects research to protect the rights and welfare of the research participants.
AAHRPP accreditation bolsters the university’s reputation as a leader in human subjects research. Research sponsors and other research partners increasingly consider AAHRPP accreditation before pursuing collaborations, or providing funding, for research.
February 2021. The AAHRPP re-accreditation team will announce the interview schedule for the March site visit and send out meeting invitations to the selected participants in February.
AAHRPP is a peer-driven review process. The site visitors will be human subjects researchers and institutional officials from peer institutions assembled by AAHRPP based on their expertise and experience in a similar research setting.
Biographies of the site visitors for U-M's 2020 re-accreditation are available on M+Box (UMICH login required).
The U-M Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is an an integrated university-wide program that supports all those who are involved in human subjects research in some way at U-M - from study coordinators to the Vice President for Research.
The HRPP's central central charges are:
- To protect the rights and welfare of human research participants by promoting compliance with ethical and regulatory standards promulgated by the:
- Belmont Report
- The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (aka "Common Rule")
- Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Good Clinical Practice Guidelines (GCP)
- To facilitate U-M human subjects research by providing resources, support, and education.
For details visit the HRPP website at: https://research-compliance.umich.edu/human-subjects.
The University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) coordinates the U-M Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) with collaboration from the following offices and more:
- U-M IRB offices
- Office of Research Compliance Review (ORCR)
- Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)
- Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)
For a complete list, see the HRPP Operations Manual, Part 2 - Organization