Posted July 1, 2021 by Heidi Uhing
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Human Research Protection Program has been reaccredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, whose criteria are considered the gold standard for protecting participants in research.
The accreditation, which has been continuously maintained by the university’s Institutional Review Board since 2008, is valid until June 2026.
Accredited institutions must follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality and protections for human research and are among the world’s most respected research organizations.
Research Compliance Services and the IRB teams led the reaccreditation effort. The process entailed reviewing and updating policies and procedures as well as a site visit, which took place in April.
Following that visit, reviewers found the level of communications, trainings and coordination between the university’s HRPP components to be excellent, noting that this is rare to find within their own institutions and at other accredited institutions.
Their review specifically commended the expertise and availability of IRB staff to research personnel and the broader campus. Institutional Official Dan Hoyt also was recognized for his exceptional commitment to the program.
AAHRPP is a nonprofit organization providing voluntary accreditation for organizations that conduct or review human research when they demonstrate that their protections exceed the safeguards required by the U.S. government.