July 10, 2013
Rush University Medical Center received a renewal in June of its accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).
AAHRPP accredits organizations conducting human research that can demonstrate that their research meets rigorous standards for ethics, quality and protections, exceeding the safeguards required by the U.S. government. Last year, Rush became one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive the accreditation. Accreditations last three years, but institutions need to produce an annual research report annually to continue accreditation.
“The accreditation provides an important external endorsement — that Rush’s approach to research meets national best practices,” said Larry Goodman, MD, Rush CEO. “While many organizations meet government regulations regarding participant safety and welfare, Rush has met a higher standard, set by our peers in the national research community.”
AAHRPP was established as a not-for-profit following a mandate from the Institute of Medicine to build public trust in clinical research. Rush is one of 184 other leading research institutions in having earned AAHRPP’s accreditation, which has emerged as the gold standard worldwide for clinical research quality.