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OHIO STATE’S HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH PROGRAM EARNS FULL ACCREDITATION

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University learned last week that its human research protection program has been fully accredited by the international organization overseeing such programs.

Marjorie Speers, president of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), informed university officials that the institution was awarded “full accreditation” for the next three years.

A team of experts from AAHRPP spent almost a week on campus this winter reviewing research programs and interviewing faculty investigators and staff as part of this review.  Preparation for the accreditation visit involved work by hundreds of university personnel during the preceding months.

“Maintaining AAHRPP accreditation is the ‘gold standard’ for institutions doing research involving humans,” explained Janet Weisenberger, senior associate vice president for research.
“It certifies that the university is continually working to protect the rights, welfare, dignity and privacy of people who participate in our research.

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“This certifies that the university is continually working to protect the rights, welfare, dignity and privacy of people who participate in our research."


“Gaining AAHRPP accreditation once again affirms the commitment that our faculty and staff have towards safeguarding those people who take part in research here.”

Human subject research at Ohio State University is a huge activity covering 3,420 individual projects spread across 29 colleges and schools, 41 research centers and institutes and the six campuses comprising the university.

The institution’s Human Research Protection Program oversees this work which includes Ohio State’s three institutional review boards (IRBs), federally mandated groups that provide review and approval of proposed research at the university.  The program insures that Ohio State complies with all applicable rules and regulations governing research involving humans.

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Contact:  Janet Weisenberger, (614) 292-1582; weisenberger.21@osu.edu
Written by Earle Holland, (614) 292-8384; holland.8@osu.edu