The University of Pittsburgh Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has been accredited by The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) since 2005 and has recently submitted for re-accreditation. AAHRPP is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 to ensure research compliance and to promote uniform standards for the protection of human research subjects.
The University of Pittsburgh HRPP includes not only the IRB, but those involved in human subject research across the University: Leadership, Deans and Department chairs, investigators, research teams and research support offices, to name a few.
The re-accreditation process includes a virtual site visit which that is scheduled to occur May 4-6, 2022. During the site visit, the AAHRPP team will review records, policies and procedures to ensure the culture of compliance is consistently applied throughout the HRPP. The AAHRPP team will also conduct interviews with stakeholders in the HRPP which may include you! Those selected for interview will be notified prior to the scheduled session.
In anticipation of the site visit, the following guides have been put together to aid in preparation (all are in pdf format). Please contact the HRP at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions:
FAQs for Researchers and Research Staff
University of Pittsburgh HRPP - Structure and Jurisdiction
Ethical Conduct of Research and Federal Regulations Governing Research
Informed Consent, HIPAA Authorization and Waivers
Reportable New Information (RNI)
Topics Specific to Special Situations or Populations
Conflict of Interest Management
Research Involving Persons with Decisional Impairment