Exploratory Program

Enrolling in the Exploratory Program is the way to begin our organization's journey toward accreditation. SASI has created the Exploratory Program to enable sites to evaluate accreditation before fully committing.

Benefits of full accreditation: 

  • Increase sponsor’s trust that your site(s) produces reliably consistent data

  • Secure more studies as sponsors prioritize accredited sites

  • Engage and retain your best staff by supporting a quality culture

  • Reduce compliance risk with consistent quality standards

  • Minimize costs associated with poor quality

Benefits of Exploratory Program:

  • Learn exactly what is needed for research site accreditation

  • Begin addressing your site’s quality gaps


  • Up to a 6-month engagement

  • SASI liaison to

    • Review the Standard and the requirements for accreditation

    • Role play the site Surveyor’s discussions with your site leaders

    • Perform a project scoping and gap analysis to determine your organization’s path to SASI accreditation

    • Online quality culture training and CRQM certification for one site leader per site

    • Full engagement with the SASI QM Application to evaluate and manage your preparations


    Sites will not be accredited through the Exploratory Program. The purpose of this option is for organizations to learn about the standard and accreditation and then decide on a course of action.


    $4,944 per site

    1 SASI (Site Accreditation and Standards Institute) is a fully independent Delaware nonprofit corporation operating as a "fee for service" (IRS 509 (a) (2)) organization. SASI is managing the accreditation of clinical research sites with the quality standard SASI-QMS:2023-2 announced in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2018 (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmp1806934).

    2 The liaison’s time providing support is limited to a total of 6 hours and for the services described.  If desired, SASI can refer your organization to an outside partner organization for comprehensive consulting services. 

    3 Online training and CRQM professional certification by the Quality Management Institute (QMI).