AAHRPP US Visit - Evolving, Adapting and Thriving in the New Research Environment
Ms. Chandana Pal and Mr. Praveen Kumar represented Apollo Research and Innovations (ARI) at the 2017 AAHRPP conference (9th-11th May), Detroit, Michigan. The work of Apollo was appreciated by the global AAHRPP team led by Dr Elyse summers.
The 3 day AAHRPP conference held in Detroit ((9th -11th May2017) had around 500 participants from across the globe. The American universities were in majority. There was a good representation from the South Asian countries too. China, Korea, Japan, Thailand had sent in their teams to learn and connect. The groups participating were from different backgrounds, though mostly from university hospitals. Most of them were from Government university hospitals which were taking accreditation seriously. 2-3 members/institution had come in and that helped them learn /connect better and attend the concurrent sessions happening in 5 halls simultaneously.
The welcome address by Ms Elyse Summers (JD, AAHRPP) said about AAHRPP and why she chose Detroit. Detroit, Michigan was the choice as many accreditated organizations were in and around that place and she herself is from there. She said the whole thing in a song too. People rejoiced in the ambience she created. They oriented the group to the application process, step I and II, the self evaluation and the site visit. AAHRPP had spread out the agenda in such a way that anyone who is planning to go through the accreditation process, has got its first accreditation or is preparing for the reaccreditation, has things to share and learn. Pre conference workshop was focused on AAHRPP accreditation processes. They enlisted the standards and elements and discussed the salient requirements needed to meet them. Kathy Lawry's lecture on Post site visit activities were true to what Apollo had experienced in the period after site visit and before getting the accreditation.
The Michigan State University got its AAHRPP accreditation 13 years ago-they have got their re accreditation also done twice and looking at the next one in 2018. They have a huge load of research activity (1000+ Pharma sponsored trials/year plus university and Medical school activities). They spoke on how they have streamlined the HRPP activities and any new entrant into the university is given an appointment with the HRPP offices before they resume their jobs. They have been very successful in tracking the human research participation aspect for large numbers of researchers and research staff they cater to.
ARI was approached by Osaka University team from Japan. They wanted to visit the site/s in the month of November 2017 to see their processes and also be an observer
for one or more EC meetings. They are working towards AAHRPP application and feel this will be of help to them Also, the Loma Linda University team was approached
by us for extending their research activities to ARI. Mr Wesley James, Accreditation coordinator from the organization said that they do research with various
organizations in India and they would consider Apollo too the next time they look overseas for research and data.
The last 2 session were: Maintaining a robust HRPP in between Accreditation cycles (Jeffery A Cooper from Copernicus group) and Can we measure IRB quality? Identifying the right metrics to increase consistency and improve results (David A B from Copernicus Group and Jonathan M G from Washington University at St Louis) spoke on how to improve quality of HRPP and IRB. Talked about evaluation and reporting and corrective and preventive action at one go. It was nice hearing how we also could make our EC processes better.
Accreditation is a process. It continues and should only get better with each time. Keeping abreast with the changes and implementing them continuously keeps
one ahead Training programs, evaluations, CAPA as a routine is the only way forward. Strong teams give the best results.
Apollo Research and Innovations (ARI) is a department of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. spearheading research, innovations and educational related programs in quest of enabling Apollo Hospitals to introduce cutting edge technologies, therapies and other innovations in its ecosystem.