Quorum Review IRB Awarded Full Reaccreditation by AAHRPP

October 5, 2009

Quorum Review IRB has been awarded full reaccreditation for another three years by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

AAHRPP accredits organizations that can demonstrate they provide participant safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements. The accreditation program utilizes a voluntary, peer-driven review and educational model.

Through the accreditation process, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to the highest standards for research. AAHRPP’s standards exceed federal regulations by requiring organizations to address conflicts of interest, to provide community outreach and education, and to apply the same stringent protections to all research involving human participants.

Quorum Review was initially awarded full accreditation status from AAHRPP in April of 2006. Accredited organizations are required to renew their accreditation with AAHRPP every three years to demonstrate compliance with current AAHRPP criteria.

Since the last review by AAHRPP in 2006, Quorum has made several changes to its service offerings, including reviewing studies in Canada. Because of these changes, AAHRPP applied the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement guidelines in addition to U.S. guidelines in reviewing Quorum’s processes. Quorum is now one of only a few AAHRPP-accredited IRBs that is specifically accredited to review studies in Canada as well as the United States.