Ochsner Research Earns National Accreditation
(June 20, 2012) Ochsner Clinic Foundation has earned a 3-year accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc (AAHRPP). The accreditation, which is widely considered the gold standard for protection of human participants involved in research, applies to the nearly 300 cutting-edge clinical research trials being conducted at Ochsner facilities in southeast Louisiana.
AAHRPP accreditation is granted to research institutions that demonstrate their program to protect human participants involved in research meets the safeguards required by the US government. To achieve accreditation status, an organization must provide substantial evidence through policies, procedures, and practices of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and a process that underscores continuous improvement.
“We are very proud of this distinction and what it says about the quality and efficiency of our research capabilities,” said William Pinsky, MD, FAAP, FACC, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System. “To not only earn accreditation, but to also receive distinction for our efforts is a credit to everyone involved in the human subject research protection program at Ochsner.”
“AAHRPP accreditation provides independent authentication that the human subject research protection program at Ochsner maintains the highest possible standards,” said Sohail Rao, MD, MA, DPhil, System Vice President for Research, Ochsner Health System. “It also provides an assurance of quality, improves efficiency and effectiveness, gives Ochsner and its investigators a competitive edge, and reaffirms public trust and confidence.”
“This accreditation is a testament to the dedication and commitment that Ochsner places upon research protections throughout our organization,” said Joseph Breault, MD, ScD, CIP, Chairman of the Ochsner Institutional Review Board. “Just as we strive for excellence in the healthcare we deliver daily to our patients, we strive for excellence in all research initiatives.”
To date, 172 organizations have earned accreditation from AAHRPP, a nonprofit organization.