The Accreditation Blog

AccreditStation System Enhancements, September 30th, 2011

AAHRPP recently revised the format of its accreditation application.

To comply with these changes, AccreditStation was updated on Friday, September 30, 2011.

For more information, please see AAHRPP’s Instructions to Apply for Initial Accreditation and Reaccreditation.

AccreditStation version 4 is Now Available!, June 14th, 2010

The Whole Brain Group is pleased to announce the immediate availability of AccreditStation version 4 with great new features:
AccreditStation Version 4 Now Available

  • Faster Performance — everything has been sped up, including the application compilation feature (60 seconds or less!!)
  • Completely redesigned interface with streamlined data entry.
  • New Interactive Element Index – add, edit, and delete linkages between documents and AAHRPP requirements with one click!
  • New Package Checker warns you when you’re missing documents or have linked to pages that don’t exist.
  • Quick Compile feature to run a draft application package at any time.

Plus we still have our standard features to help you get accredited with less hassle:

  • Upload PDF files into a central location for access by your entire team
  • Link supporting documents to AAHRPP accreditation requirements/elements
  • Compile a real-time element index with live linkages at any time
  • Automatic IRB and R&D Roster Creation
  • Compile your AAHRPP-ready application package in less than a minute!

Contact us today about our FREE 30-day Trial!

5 Methods to Ensure the Failure of Your Accreditation Project, May 29th, 2009

Running a successful accreditation project takes skill, energy, and resources… but getting your project to fail is easy, if you follow this advice:

Overload your staff. Assign the primary responsibility for the project to your IRB Chair or Administrator, without providing any additional staff resources to support him/her.  Choose the busiest people in your organization to serve on your project team, especially if they travel a lot!  Keep expectations for regular job responsibilities the same, while assuring your staff that heads will roll if accreditation is not achieved in the reasonable 3-month timeline established.

Disregard skills and strengths.  Be sure the person in charge of project communication is anti-social, and assign document revision responsibility to the people who procrastinate the most.  It’s also helpful to make sure there is nobody with project management experience on your team, since it won’t be necessary to be organized or pay attention to silly things like budget, timeline, action items, roles & responsibilities, tracking changes, etc.

Procrastinate.  It’s important to wait until the last minute to convert your documents to PDF and assemble the final package. Everyone loves the excitement of figuring out how to solve technical problems at 3am on the day before a deadline!  For an added thrill, make sure you’re out of toner for your printer so that you can hunt for a 24-hour office supply store too!

Decentralize your documents.  To make sure everything is prevented from being backed up regularly, it’s important to store your policy documents on several computers.  It’s helpful if these computers are over 5 years old, and are regularly brought home and stored on the kitchen table next to pitchers of water or other liquids.  When your data is lost, you’ll be able to reconstruct everything with a clean slate, instead of worrying about restoring from a remote server.

Underestimate the usefulness of technology.  Be sure you have no budget for information technology – computers and software are overrated for improving efficiency, working collaboratively, or automating repetitive tasks.  Why invest a modest amount of money in time- and energy-saving technology when you could WASTE BOATLOADS doing it inefficiently?!?  You can always have your VP of Research help do document conversion and application assembly in the eleventh hour – it’s an excellent use of his or her time.