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Human-Research Protection Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Receives National Accreditation
Date:3/20/2008

SEATTLE, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The human-research protection program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has been accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc., (AAHRPP) a private third-party evaluation organization.

The accreditation process is voluntary and must be renewed every three years. AAHRPP's examination of human-research programs is broader than that by the federal government.

"The accreditation process was valuable for the Hutchinson Center because it offered an opportunity to do a self-assessment and have our application for accreditation reviewed by third-party, peer-review experts in the field of human-research protection," said Karen Hansen, director of the Center's Institutional Review Office.

AAHRPP's examination encompassed not only policies and procedures by the Center's Institutional Review Board (IRB) but the organization's overall commitment to human-research protection, how research investigators interact with the IRB, how the Center interacts with research sponsors and how it communicates with research participants.

"Accreditation results in greater emphasis on quality, stronger protections for research participants and increased public trust in research and its findings," said AAHRPP president and CEO Marjorie A. Speers. "As more organizations commit to accreditation's high standards, these benefits are being realized in hospitals, universities, institutional-review boards and other research facilities nationwide."

Through the rigorous accreditation process, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to the highest standards for research. AAHRPP's standards exceed federal regulations by requiring organizations to address conflicts of interest, provide community outreach and education and apply the same stringent protections to all research involving human participants. (Under federal regulations, such protections are mandated only for federally sponsored or regulated research.) The accreditation process typically results in system-wide improvements that enhance protections for research participants and promote high-quality research.

About the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc.

AAHRPP is a nonprofit organization that works with organizations that conduct or review human research to raise the level of protection for research participants. AAHRPP accredits organizations that can demonstrate they provide participant safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements. The accreditation program utilizes a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model. For organizations interested in learning more about accreditation, visit http://www.aahrpp.org.

About Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Hutchinson Center researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit and passion for health, knowledge and hope to their work and to the world. For more information, please visit http://www.fhcrc.org

CONTACT

Dean Forbes

(206) 667-2896

dforbes@fhcrc.org


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