Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)

University of Kentucky submitted the Step 1 Re-accreditation Application June 5, 2019.

Upcoming site visit scheduled for February 25-26, 2020.

The review process will continue through 2019, culminating with a site visit. AAHRPP will randomly select and interview researchers, staff, IRB members, and others involved in human subject research.

To prepare for your interview, please see the educational resources below.

Training Materials

Training Materials

Training materials to help you prepare

Training Sessions

Training Sessions



Questions of the Week

Questions that may be asked


Updated Policies

Changes in policies

What is AAHRPP?

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs).

An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence—through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.

What is the value of Accreditation?

AAHRPP accreditation indicates that your organization follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research. When you earn the AAHRPP seal, you earn a place among the world's most respected, trustworthy research organizations. Learn more...

Goals, Principles, and Standards

The goals of accreditation are to:

  • Improve the systems that protect the rights and welfare of individuals who participate in research.
  • And communicate to the public the strength of an Organization's commitment to the protection of human research participants.

To help promote these goals, AAHRPP has adopted nine overarching principles for protecting human research participants, which serve as the foundation for the AAHRPP Accreditation Standards for Human Research Protection Programs. The AAHRPP Accreditation Standards themselves describe what Organizations can do to consistently act on these principles by applying them to the diverse organizational and cultural contexts in which research is conducted and reviewed.


Content source: AAHRPP website