NNSA - National Nuclear Security Administration

02/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 12:14

NNSA's Human Subjects Protection Program receives full accreditation from AAHRPP

DOE/NNSA is now only one of three federal agencies that have full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., (AAHRPP). DOE/NNSA joins the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute in this select group.

The DOE/NNSA Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) went through a vigorous accreditation process to demonstrate how it has extensive safeguards in every level of its research operations and how it adheres to high standards for research.

'The work conducted by HSPP leverages and improves a variety of NNSA capabilities across the National Security Enterprise, including high performance computing, energy efficiency, and cyber security,' said Dr. Cheri Hautala-Bateman, NNSA physicist and program coordinator. 'This accreditation demonstrates that DOE/NNSA observes the highest standards when conducting human subject research.'

The joint DOE/NNSA-funded Human Subjects Research (HSR) portfolio, totaling more than $100 million, includes epidemiological and radiation health effects research, transformative energy technologies, and analysis of large identifiable datasets using the labs' supercomputing capabilities.

DOE/NNSA national laboratory-conducted HSR, funded by other agencies, includes national security-related research as well as biomedical and man-machine interface studies.