Children’s National Medical Center Awarded Accreditation for Protecting Research Participants March 17, 2011

Washington, DC — Children’s National Medical Center has been awarded accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) at the March meeting of its Council on Accreditation.

“We are pleased to be recognized by AAHRPP for our practices which meet the highest standards of excellence in human research protection,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Children’s National. “Children’s Research Institute has an extensive research portfolio and our team is committed to advancing science to improve care for childhood diseases, while also ensuring the safety of the children who participate.”

AAHRPP promotes high quality, ethically sound research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs).

“Respect for research participants and their families is an important part of our culture at Children’s National,” continued Dr. Batshaw. “Developing and maintaining a quality Human Research Protection Program is an integral part of the continued growth and success of our research enterprise.”

An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence – through policies, procedures, and practices – of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

As the “gold seal,” AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.

Media Contact: Paula Darte: 202-476-4500

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