Special National Accreditation Awarded to Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Johns Hopkins Medicine
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June 22, 2005

Special National Accreditation Awarded to Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc. (AAHRPP) recently awarded full accreditation to Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions for all research involving the protection of human subjects.  Johns Hopkins is the only medical institution in Maryland and one of only a few organizations in the nation to gain this recognition.

“We are very pleased to award accreditation to Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions which makes significant contributions to research and innovation, both locally and nationally,” says AAHRPP Executive Director Marjorie Speers, Ph.D.  “Research participants can be assured that their safety and welfare are vital concerns at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.”

The AAHRPP works as an independent organization established to protect the rights and welfare of participants in clinical research.

“The safety and protection of human research participants is a top priority at Johns Hopkins,” says Michael J. Klag, M.D., M.P.H. vice dean for clinical investigation and professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  “The AAHRPP accreditation is one example of our faculty and staff’s unwavering commitment to protect our research participants and our long-term and continued commitment to conducting ethically sound research.”

Johns Hopkins volunteered to participate in AAHRPP’s rigorous peer review of the school of medicine’s system to protect research participants, including the institutional review boards (IRBs), which are responsible for oversight of all human research conducted within the facility.  Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs include ethicists, physicians, staff and community representatives who review, monitor and approve all proposed human research projects at the University’s School of Medicine, School of Nursing, the Johns Hopkins Health System and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

AAHRPP accreditation is valid for three years.  Accredited organizations submit annual reports to AAHRPP on the status of their human research protection programs.

The AAHRPP, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization, was established in 2001.  It uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to accredit institutions engaged in research involving human subjects.  AAHRPP is governed by a 21-member board of directors and retains the volunteer services of approximately 70 expert site visitors.

- JHM-