Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs

USC received full re-accreditation Sept 15, 2020


The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., (AAHRPP) is an independent accrediting body that works to protect the rights and welfare of research participants and promote scientifically meritorious and ethically sound research by fostering and advancing the ethical and professional conduct of persons and organizations that engage in research with human participants. AAHRPP achieves its mission by using an accreditation process based on self-assessment, peer review, and education.

The Benefits of Accreditation

By obtaining AAHRPP accreditation, USC is now part of an elite group of institutions internationally renowned for promoting exceptional ethical and professional standards in the conduct of human subjects research. Also, in working towards accreditation, OPRS implemented a number of improvements to the USC Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) including the creation of HSPP Policies and Procedures, launching of the HSPP website, switching to an online application system (iStar), and increased education for faculty, administration, staff, and students involved in human subjects research.

AAHRPP re-accreditation – Researcher and Research Staff Standards Domain III