Research Protections Advance

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2016

The University of Minnesota announced in October that it received a “Reaccreditation-Pending” status from the Council on Accreditation of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) at AAHRPP’s final site visit in June. Under the status, the University remains an AAHRPP accredited organization, as it has been since 2004, but must implement several changes and provide additional updates to AAHRPP to meet all criteria for full accreditation.

Many of the areas identified are already being addressed through the University’s work plan to strengthen its human research protection program and will be fully implemented in June 2016.

In its October update to the Minnesota Legislature, the U reported that four medical institutional review board rosters have been developed that more closely align expertise with the type of research protocol submitted.

Additionally, faculty and other stakeholders are currently reviewing proposed changes to the individual conflict of interest policy to clarify that investigators on human participant studies must disclose financial interest from the first dollar and may not receive any personal income from the industry sponsors during the time of study.


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