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ACCRE is a global body for the accreditation of Clinical Research Organizations and providers of professional training programs in clinical research to include Training Institutes, Colleges or Private Schools. ACCRE was established in 1965 for the accreditation of professional training programs in clinical research, and in 1979 its scope of activity was broadened to include the accreditation of Clinical Research Organizations and providers of professional clinical research education both nationally and internationally.
Accreditation of professional education programs in Clinical Research provides an international basis for quality assurance. In so doing, the accreditation process serves multiple constituencies:
For the public, accreditation assures conformity to general expectations of the profession and identification of colleges and schools of Clinical Research which have explicitly undertaken activities directed at improving the quality of their professional programs, and are carrying them out successfully. Accreditation also assures improvement in the professional services available to the general public in that accredited programs are expected to modify their requirements to reflect advances in knowledge and practice.
For students and prospective students, accreditation provides an assurance that a program has been found to provide satisfactory educational preparation for practice in the field.
For institutions of higher education, accreditation provides a framework for self-evaluation and improvement as well as opportunity for external review and counsel. Accreditation also provides a basis for the decision-making of private and public agencies in the awarding of grants, scholarships and loans.
For the profession, accreditation provides a means for practitioner participation in the setting of requirements for preparation to enter the profession.