Accreditation site visit scheduled for Human Research Protection Program

At the direction of Chancellor John Wiley, UW-Madison is seeking accreditation of its Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), a program designed to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of individuals recruited to participate in research conducted at UW-Madison.

The accrediting agency is the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of American Universities, Consortium of Social Science Associations, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, National Health Council, and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research.

By pursuing accreditation of its HRPP, including the campus’s four Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), UW-Madison furthers its goal of applying the highest ethical standards in its protection of human research participants, in addition to ensuring compliance with federal regulations and state law.

UW-Madison submitted its written accreditation application in December 2006. A site visit by AAHRPP has been scheduled for the week of September 24, 2007. A team of professionals assembled by AAHRPP will spend four days on campus reviewing UW-Madison’s program operations. The site visit will include interviews by the site visitors of IRB members, investigators, research coordinators, and administrators and staff of the IRBs and the Office of Research Policy.

While preparing its application, the UW-Madison updated its Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures, investigator guidance, and forms, which are now posted on the Human Research Protection Program website. Faculty, staff and students should consult the updated policies, guidance and forms when preparing a research project for review by a UW-Madison IRB: Health Sciences IRB, Health Sciences Minimal Risk IRB, Social and Behavioral Sciences IRB, and Education Research IRB.

More information about AAHRPP and the UW-Madison’s accreditation activities is available on the Accreditation link on the HRPP webpage. Further information about the site visit and interview process will be published as it becomes available.

Questions or comments about the accreditation process and the updated policies and procedures, investigator guidance and forms can be sent to