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Human research protections accredited

Status protects those participating in CMU studies

Contact: Heather Smith

Volunteers concerned about participating in Central Michigan University research projects are in good care — that’s official.

The CMU human research protection program has been accredited by the nonprofit Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. The association is an independent accrediting body that works to protect the rights and welfare of research participants.

The CMU program consists of investigators, Institutional Review Board members, administrators  and the organizational structures responsible for protecting research volunteers.

The accreditation commits CMU to continuous quality improvement. Six Michigan health care organizations already have it: the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, McLaren Health Care, Spectrum Health Systems and William Beaumont Hospital.

To earn it, organizations must provide tangible evidence of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound evidence.

CMU’s accreditation process involved a two-day site visit and a self-evaluation that required CMU to respond to 75 standards.

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