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Cedars-Sinai Awarded Full AAHRPP Accreditation

Cedars-Sinai has been awarded full AAHRPP (Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs) accreditation for another three years, effective June 15, 2007.

"Although the AAHRPP accreditation site visit process involved members of the research community and administration at all levels, credit is overwhelmingly due to the efforts of Dr. Eifaang Li, Director of Research Compliance, her exceptional staff, and the IRB chairs and IRB members," said Shlomo Melmed, M.D., Sr. Vice President, Academic Affairs. "Please join us in acknowledging their significant efforts and contributions."

The medical center was initially accredited by AAHRPP on April 20, 2004, and its full re-accreditation reflects an ongoing commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. It also signifies that Cedars-Sinai has established a human research protection program (HRPP) that exceeds regulatory requirements and has been recognized as a program of high integrity and quality.

"The AAHRPP accreditation application and site visit process is quite rigorous, evaluating every aspect of our HRPP," said David Meyer, Ph.D. , Vice President, Research. "Importantly, maintaining full AAHRPP accreditation is a significant milestone in ensuring public trust in our research programs."

The Council on AAHRPP found the following eight areas of strengths in HRPP at Cedars-Sinai particularly deserving of commendation:

  1. A positive culture of compliance and cooperation;
  2. Strong leadership that is readily accessible by managers of the human research protection program;
  3. The resources provided to human research protection;
  4. The attention to and visibility of management of conflict of interest;
  5. Our broad-based education and training programs;
  6. A dedicated and experienced staff in research compliance and serving on the IRBs;
  7. Our participant outreach;
  8. The implementation and use of technology to enhance participant protections.