Organization Receives Distinction in Meeting Standards
Ochsner Clinic Foundation has earned a three-year accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc (AAHRPP). The accreditation, which is widely considered the gold standard for protection of human participants involved in research, applies to the nearly 300 cutting-edge, clinical research trials being conducted at all Ochsner facilities in southeast Louisiana.
AAHRPP accreditation is granted to those research institutions which demonstrate that their program to protect human participants involved in research meets the safeguards required by the U.S. government. To achieve accreditation status an organization must provide substantial evidence, through policies, procedures, and practices, of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and a process that underscores its continuous improvement.
“We are very proud of this distinction and what it says about the quality and efficiency of our research capabilities,” says William Pinsky, MD, FAAP, FACC, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer - Ochsner Health System. “To not only earn accreditation but to also receive distinction for our efforts is a credit to everyone involved in the human subject research protection program at Ochsner.”
“AAHRPP accreditation provides independent authentication that the human subject research protection program at Ochsner maintains the highest possible standards,” says Sohail Rao, MD, MA, DPhil, System Vice President for Research – Ochsner Health System. “It also provides an assurance of quality, improves efficiency and effectiveness, gives Ochsner and its investigators a competitive edge and reaffirms public trust and confidence.”
“This accreditation is a testament to the dedication and commitment that Ochsner places upon research protections throughout our organization,” says Joseph Breault, MD, ScD, CIP – Chairman of the Ochsner Institutional Review Board. “Just as we strive for excellence in the healthcare we deliver daily to our patients, we strive for excellence in any and all research initiatives.”
About the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.
A nonprofit organization, AAHRPP provides accreditation for organizations that conduct human research and can demonstrate that their protections exceed the safeguards required by the U.S. government. To date, 172 organizations have earned AAHRPP accreditation, which is widely regarded as the gold standard worldwide. To learn more, visit www.aahrpp.org.
About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and over 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 16 consecutive years and is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across seven specialty categories, by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Hospital and Top 15 Academic Medical Center, and by Health Grades’ top designation of Hospital of Excellence. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, has 325 residents and fellows in 27 ACGME accredited programs, conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually, and has earned Nursing Magnet designation. Undergraduate medical education is offered at the Ochsner Clinical School, a campus of the University of Queensland School of Medicine (Brisbane, Australia) which will soon be graduating 120 students annually. Ochsner Health System is anchored by the Ochsner medical group which has over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and a long history of national medical leadership.
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