AAHRPP Accreditation Information
What is AAHRPP Accreditation?
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) accreditation is a gold standard recognizing adherence to a rigorous set of human subjects protection standards that go beyond federal and state requirements. It communicates to the public the university’s commitment to the protection of human participants in research and instills trust among our research collaborators.
The accreditation process involves an evaluation of the Texas A&M Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and its standard operating procedures as well as the site visit, which is focused on interviews with selected members of the HRPP, including IRB members, Investigators, and research staff.
Accreditation largely depends on how well Texas A&M’s policies and procedures address the AAHRPP standards and the interviews, which involve tough questions about research policies, process, and training. AAHRPP will check our practices by going through our records, first. Then they will check our knowledge through interviews.
The Texas A&M University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) originally received full, three year accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs in June 2015. Reaccreditation was completed in June 2018, for five years.