The University of Nebraska Medical Center is the first academic institution to receive Human Research Protection Program accreditation by Alion Science and Technology HRPP Accreditation Services. The accreditation validates the program as an effective and compliant human research protection program.
The program, which currently involves more than 2,000 active protocols, includes human subject research conducted at UNMC, The Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, and the Bellevue Medical Center.
Ernest Prentice, Ph. D., associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the accreditation, which involved the UNMC Office of Regulatory Affairs, the Institutional Review Board and others, is an achievement not merely for the regulatory office, but for the entire institution.
Although he says it's too soon to tell what opportunities the accreditation might present to the university, Dr. Prentice said it could make a difference in defense research opportunities.
After preparation that literally spanned years, Dr. Prentice and his staff hosted Alion's site visit over three days in April. More than 50 people were interviewed, including investigators, research coordinators, IRB members, administrators and others.
Not only was UNMC fully accredited but Alion also asked permission to refer other institutions seeking accreditation to UNMC to learn about its experience with the accreditation process.