Research Triangle Park, NC, August 2, 2011- Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB) announced
today that it has received full reaccreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of
Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). AAHRPP is an independent, non-profit
accrediting body that sets rigorous standards for quality and protection of research study
participants. To earn AAHRPP accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence—
through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically
sound research and to continuous improvement.
“At CGIRB, we are committed to the continuous improvement of our Human Research
Protection Program,” said Yvonne Higgins, CGIRB’s Director of Quality Management.
“Reaccreditation is evidence of our commitment to the highest level of quality and to upholding
our mission--protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects.”
As an organization driven by quality and innovation, CGIRB became one of the first independent
institutional review boards awarded full AAHRPP accreditation in 2004. CGIRB was awarded full
reaccreditation in 2007 and 2011. The most recent reaccreditation will extend through fall 2015.
About Copernicus Group IRB
Experience and innovation in ethical review ®
Copernicus Group IRB, established in July 1996, is a leading independent institutional review
board ("IRB") dedicated to ensuring the rights and welfare of research study participants. The
IRB provides ethical review of research protocols, investigators, and subject information and
consent forms to ensure compliance with federal regulations set forth in 21 CFR, 45 CFR and
ICH/GCP Guidelines. CGIRB achieved full AAHRPP accreditation in 2004, reaccreditation in
2007 and 2011, and ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2010. For more information, visit
About the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
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.
For more information, visit http://www.aahrpp.org.
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