Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)

AAHRPP Accreditation
Page last updated 5/14/2020

5/14/2020: Remote Site Visit Announced for AAHRPP Reaccreditation

A site visit will be conducted remotely Wednesday, July 29 through Friday, July 31.

Hold these dates on your calendar to ensure availability because AAHRPP will randomly select and interview investigators, research staff, IRB members, and other individuals involved in human subjects research. Individuals selected will be expected to attend and participate in these interviews.

The HRPP Office will notify individuals directly that are selected for an interview as soon as we receive this information and provide other logistical information.

Please contact your respective campus HRPP Office if you have any questions.
HSC: 405-271-2045 | Norman: 405-325-8110

University of Oklahoma is Pursuing Re-accreditation in 2020; Site Visit Pending 


The OU HRPP has successfully completed Step 1 and has submitted the Step 2 Application for re-accreditation. The review process will continue through early 2020, culminating with a site visit. 

AAHRPP will randomly select and interview investigators, research staff, IRB members, and others involved in human subjects research. 

Educational information and resources will be posted soon to help you prepare for interviews. 

What is AAHRPP? 

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs).

An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence—through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.


What is the value of accreditation? 

AAHRPP-accredited organizations

  • Earn the respect and meet the expectations of their peers. 
  • Play a leadership role in collaborative efforts. 
  • Gain a competitive edge with sponsors and funders. 
  • Reduce the risk of non-compliance. 
  • Enhance their standing with U.S. federal agencies. 
  • Benefit from a common commitment to continuous quality improvement. 


Why is accreditation important? 

Through accreditation, an Organization can demonstrate the overall excellence of its research program by providing the most comprehensive protections for research participants. The accreditation process includes application preparation, on-site evaluation, council review, and notification of accreditation status.  As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.



Content Source: AAHRPP website

Accredited since 2007

Reaccreditation awarded 2010

Reaccreditation awarded 2015


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