Stony Brook’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has been awarded full accreditation status by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), making it one of 220 human research protection programs worldwide to achieve this recognition.
“With this significant accreditation, funding agencies that choose Stony Brook as a performance site know that the research will be conducted with the utmost attention to research integrity, quality, and subject safety,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
“Achieving this level of distinction from our peers in the field of human research protections is confirmation that Stony Brook knows what’s ultimately important in the conduct of science: The safety of our subjects who entrust us with their health and welfare,” said Vice President for Research John H. Marburger III. “With this validation, Stony Brook now confidently moves forward to continue its contributions in the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences, with particular concentration on clinical and translational advancements for our community.”
Achieving full accreditation is a lengthy process. After two years of preparation, the 400-page Step 1 application was submitted for review by AAHRPP in October 2009, with requested clarifications submitted in the Step 2 application in February 2010. A three-day site visit in early June 2010 involved the review of approximately 180 studies and institutional actions pertaining to the HRPP, as well as interviews with 75 researchers, administrators, and institutional officials.
This accreditation is a testament to the dedication of all people who support the HRPP—including investigators, administrators, and members of the Institutional Review Boards—that clinical research at Stony Brook will be conducted ethically, in a legally compliant manner, and using best practices that provide comprehensive protection to its research subjects.
Prospective research subjects can choose to participate in Stony Brook’s clinical studies with the confidence that their rights and welfare will be the highest priority of University investigators.