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QUALITY
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-84

Accreditation of human research protection program: An Indian perspective


1 Department of Pharmacology, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Senior Manager, Manipal Clinical Research Centre, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Pratibha Pereira
Manipal Clinical Research Centre Manipal Hospital, 6th Floor, 98, HAL Airport Road, Bangalore - 560017
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-3485.96455

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With the increasing number of clinical trials being placed in India, it is the collective responsibility of the Investigator sites, Government, Ethics Committees, and Sponsors to ensure that the trial subjects are protected from risks these studies can have, that subjects are duly compensated, and credible data generated. Most importantly, each institution/hospital should have a strong Human Research Protection Program to safe guard the trial subjects. In order to look at research with a comprehensive objective approach, there is a need for a formal auditing and review system by a recognized body. As of now, only the sponsors are monitoring/auditing their respective trials; however, there is an increasing need to perform a more detailed review and assessment of processes of the institution and the Ethics Committee. This challenge can be addressed by going for accreditation by a reputed association that encompasses-the institutions, the ethics committees, and researcher/research staff. Starting their journey for the accreditation process in late 2010, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital [KMC], Manipal, and Manipal Hospital Bangalore [MHB] received full Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) accreditation in Dec 2011-a first in India. This article delves into the steps involved in applying for AAHRPP accreditation from an Indian Perspective, the challenges, advantages, and testimonials from the two hospitals on the application experience and how the accreditation has improved the Human Research Protection Program at these hospitals.


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