December 14, 2012
I am pleased to inform you that the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has officially notified UTMB that we continue to merit full accreditation, with a limited site visit to occur next September, thus extending our accreditation to September 2017.
AAHRPP accreditation requires high ethical and professional standards to ensure the most comprehensive protections for research participants. Earning accreditation is a rigorous process. It involves a detailed institutional self-assessment and an on-site visit by a team of experts who evaluate the program’s performance in meeting AAHRPP standards of quality and protection. Organizations must provide tangible evidence—through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals whose efforts made this reaccreditation possible: the coordinating team comprised of Dr. Jim Mahon, Anne Clark, Craig Conway, Toni D’Agostino, Erin Pennington, Tobin Boenig and Brenda Boyko. I would also like to thank our Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chairs and Vice Chairs: Drs. Aristides Koutrouvelis, Dwight Wolf, Michael Loeffelholz, and Janak Patel, as well as members of the IRB Board, IRB staff, and the more than 55 PIs and UTMB leaders who met with the site team last June.
Please join me in congratulating the UTMB research community on receiving this important milestone. We can all take pride in your efforts and commitment to provide the highest levels of protection for research subjects.
Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair