Full Accreditation Earned by Texas Health Resources Research Program
12/15/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas — In a major validation of its applied research program, Texas Health Resources has received full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). The accreditation applies to Texas Health’s human subject protection program, which includes the system’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Texas Health is one of only 241 organizations worldwide that have achieved full accreditation from AAHRPP for its human subject protection programs. Only about 20 percent of these are hospitals or health systems. Texas Health voluntarily participated in AAHRPP’s extensive accreditation process. Full accreditation by AAHRPP is considered the “gold seal” in human research study participant protection.

“Achieving this significant accreditation emphasizes the value we place on protecting the rights, safety and welfare of our research volunteers,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. “Texas Health appreciates that a nationally recognized health care delivery system must strongly emphasize research. Texas Health-related entities’ research is consistent with the standards for patient protections of this accreditation.”

Clinicians within Texas Health are currently involved with approximately 200 patient-centered research studies and clinical trials across the system. Study topics range across the spectrum of research involving human subjects.

Research is overseen by the systemwide IRB, which approves and monitors research involving human subjects in compliance with federal regulations, state law, and Texas Health’s policies and procedures. IRB members include physicians, nurses and community representatives, with Texas Health administration representatives also participating.

“The rigorous accreditation process was truly a great team effort between many teams at Texas Health and our dedicated IRB members,” said George Pearson, acting president of Texas Health Research & Education Institute, which administers Texas Health’s IRB. Texas Health Research & Education is the research and medical education arm of Texas Health Resources.

“Working together toward accreditation helped sharpen our processes, validate our efforts and provide even greater protection for research participants. This helps not only our valued participants, but also those who potentially may benefit from lifesaving research,” said Pearson.

To learn more about clinical trials at Texas Health, visit TexasHealth.org/ClinicalTrials.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.