Stringent patient protections implemented to ensure safety and ethical conduct are monitored by an Institutional Review Board, a governing committee made up of physicians, scientists and members of the community responsible for scientific review and approval of all clinical research studies. Other medical monitoring groups are in place to ensure medical oversight and ethical conduct throughout the clinical research process.
In 2010, the University of Cincinnati received a full, five-year accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). UC first received full accreditation in 2007 following a rigorous three-year process. Accreditation ensures protections are built into every step of research—from study design and selection of research sites and investigators, to the actual conduct of research and collection and interpretation of data.