Human Research Protection Program

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The Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc (AAHRPP)  accreditation indicates that an organization follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research. Organizations that earn the AAHRPP seal, earn a place among the world’s most respected, trustworthy research organizations.

Maine Medical Center (MMC) is committed to protect the rights, welfare and privacy of humans who participate in our human research programs. The following describes MMC’s commitment to comply with ethical and legal requirements for the conduct of human research through MMC’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).

Maine Medical Partners, Maine’s largest multi-specialty medical group, with a dedicated high quality team of more than 300 physicians that provides a wide range of primary, specialty and sub-specialty care delivered through a network of more than 40 locations in and near Greater Portland.

MMC Human Research Protection Program (MMC HRPP) is a comprehensive system to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of subjects. All individuals within Maine Medical Center and the physicians from Maine Medical Partners are responsible to:

  • Be aware of the definition of human research.
  • Consult with MMC IRB when there is uncertainty about whether an activity if human research.
  • Not conduct human research or all human research to be conducted without review and approval by the MMC IRB.

Mission Statement

The MMC HRPP is committed to enhancing the responsible conduct of research for the protection of all of our human research participants. We serve to carry out this mission by:

  • Promoting an environment of respect and understanding of the rights and welfare of human research participants;
  • Ensuring that the risks and benefits of each research study are thoroughly considered;
  • Ensuring that our human participants are well-informed of their research rights.

The MMC HRPP adheres to the Principles of The Belmont Report, the Common Rule (45 CFR 46), and Food and Drug Administration regulations relating to human participants (21 CFR Parts 50 and 56) as well as state and institutional policies that govern human participant research.