UB Earns Top Accreditation for Human Research Protection

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09.29.09 - Top Accredition

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has earned full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), a highly prestigious, national organization that assures the ethics of research on human subjects.

The distinction, which took effect on Sept. 10, puts UB into an elite cadre of universities that includes Duke, Harvard, Stanford, Penn State and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“With this accreditation, UB has achieved the ‘gold seal of approval’ for our Human Research Protection Program and the institutional review boards (IRBs) involved in the review of all of the university’s 1,700 research protocols,” said Jorge V. José, Dr. Sci., UB vice president for research. “It means that an objective third party has evaluated UB’s program and said that it exceeds federal regulations and meets best-practices criteria.”

“The University at Buffalo can be proud of its commitment to protecting participants and to being a leader among its peer institutions in earning accreditation,” said Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of AAHRPP.

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