Medical College, Froedtert Recognized for Research Strengths
Milwaukee, WI (July 6, 2011) – The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Froedtert Hospital have received full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs (AAHRPP).
David Clark, Ph.D., the assistant dean for clinical research, said, “The accreditation is an indicator of the quality, strength and flexibility of the institutional review boards at the College, and its larger human protections program.”
David Gutterman, M.D., senior associate dean for research and the Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology, added, “Good science is ethical science, and accreditation is confirmation that MCW and Froedtert are committed to the highest ethical standards when it comes to human research.”
AAHRPP is a non-profit organization that works with institutions that conduct human research to raise the level of protection for research participants. It accredits institutions that demonstrate patient participant safeguards that surpass U.S. federal requirements.
“As an academic medical center, we are involved in research studies every day,” said Cathy Buck, president of Froedtert Hospital. “This accreditation underscores our commitment to the safety, integrity and quality of our clinical research program and assures patients that we go above and beyond compliance requirements at every level.”
This was the first time MCW and Froedtert applied to AAHRPP. The process involved an intensive self-evaluation, a thorough review of institutional policies and procedures, culminating with a site visit by an accreditation team who interviewed about 80 individuals (investigators and research staff, IRB members, research administration staff, and more). As a result, the institutions received the highest level of accreditation. Only four other organizations were accredited this year.
The accreditation stands for three years, and after a successful re-accreditation review in 2014, subsequent accreditations will stand for five year intervals.
Last Review Date: July 15, 2011
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