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Valley Health System Awarded Accreditation for Protecting Research Participants

Valley Health System is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), making Valley the first and only healthcare organization in New Jersey to receive this distinction.

As the “gold seal” for human subject protection, this AAHRPP accreditation places Valley Health System among the most respected research organizations in the world, and helps cultivate further public confidence in human research conducted at Valley.
“Valley is committed to protecting human subjects who choose to participate in research,” says Avery Freed, human subjects protection supervisor at Valley. “We understand the vital impact these participants are making to the study of diseases, and the discovery of safe treatments and potential cures; providing them with the highest standard of safety and assurance is a top priority.” 

AAHRPP promotes high-quality, ethically-sound research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs). As an independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. 

To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence-through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement. AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.

“Protecting subjects is crucial to enhancing the public’s trust in our clinical research efforts,” says Audrey Meyers, president and chief executive officer of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System. “At Valley we believe our continued dedication to research helps to advance patient care, offer our patients breakthrough treatments and services, and ensure our continued success as a healthcare system of choice for our community.” 

Research within Valley Health System is dedicated to advancing medicine and discovering novel medical and surgical approaches to diagnosing and treating diseases in cardiology, oncology, and the neurosciences.