UTHCT awarded accreditation by Partnership for Human Research Protection

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently was awarded accreditation by the Partnership for Human Research Protection. The accreditation is designed to ensure volunteers in studies of new drugs or treatments at UTHSCT are fully informed of any risks associated with those studies.

In receiving this award, the Health Center joins fewer than a dozen institutions in the United States that have been accredited.

“Academic medical centers such as The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler conduct clinical research that is vital to medical advances. This accreditation demonstrates their commitment to the safety and rights of those who participate in clinical studies,” said Karen H. Timmons, president of PHRP.

In clinical research, new drugs or therapies are systematically tested to see if they are safe and effective. Before people participate in the studies of these drugs, they must understand the risks and benefits.

PHRP accreditation is based on a rigorous on-site review of an organization’s systems and processes. An organization must have a way to evaluate and minimize risks to participants, to keep information about participants confidential, and to inform them of potential consequences.

“The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recognizes the importance of clinical research to its mission. Without people willing to volunteer for clinical research trials, we would not enjoy the high standards of health care possible today. We wouldn’t have drugs to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol,” said UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun. The director for Clinical Research at UTHSCT is James Stocks, MD.

The PHRP is an independent organization that accredits programs that protect participants in clinical studies. It provides national standards to ensure processes exist to protect the thousands of volunteers who participate in clinical trials and research activities each year. The PHRP was originally formed in 2003 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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