United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Bay Pines VA Research Program Accredited by AAHRPP
December 30, 2008

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The Research program at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has, for the 1st time, received full accreditation from The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP)

AAHRPP is a non-profit group that works with organizations that conduct 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; visit www.aahrpp.org *.

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 conflict of interest, to provide community outreach and education, and to 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 results in system-wide improvements that enhance protections for research participants and promote high-quality research.

According to Dr. Harvey Abrams, Chief of Research and Development at Bay Pines VA, “The achievement of full accreditation is a significant accomplishment for Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. The accreditation process required us to take a comprehensive look at our entire human research program. The journey to accreditation involved preparing a lengthy application, reviewing policies and standard operating procedures, hosting and participating in a three-day on-site survey, addressing and responding to the survey report, and implementing changes to our research program.”

Bay Pines has over 60 ongoing Human Research projects in place. AAHRPP accreditation recognizes Bay Pines’ continuous commitment to quality and accountability in our human research protection program ensuring that veterans participating in clinical trials receive appropriate levels of protection.

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