ORO Directives and Handbooks
VHA Directive 1058: "Responsibilities of the Office of Research Oversight" was updated and reissued on February 1, 2009".
VHA Handbook 1058.01: The latest revision of VHA Handbook 1058.01 RESEARCH COMPLIANCE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS (November 15, 2011) is now in effect. The following documents provide guidance on the revised Handbook:
VHA Handbook 1058.02: "Research Misconduct" was issued on November 16, 2012.
VHA Handbook 1058.03: "Assurance of Protection for Human Subjects in Research" was issued on May 10, 2007.
VHA Handbook 1058.04: "Debarments and Suspension Based on Research Impropriety in VA Research" was issued on April 15, 2013.
VHA Handbook 1058.05: "VHA Operations Activities That May Constitute Research" was issued on October 28, 2011. The following documents provide guidance on this Handbook:
**When Program Office, Network, or Facility officials are unable to reach a determination about the research versus non-research status of an activity, VHA Handbook 1058.05 §6e encourages requesting joint, written guidance from ORO and ORD. Such requests should be forwarded electronically to the ORO Chief Officer and must include a complete copy of the project plan, including the purpose and methodology and, where applicable, any proposed publication(s). The ORO Chief Officer will convey the request and required supporting materials to ORD, and after reaching a consensus, forward the joint ORO-ORD guidance to the requester.
VHA Handbook 1058.06: "Research Conducted By Employees of VHA Program Offices" was issued on October 28, 2011. Also see an accompanying PowerPoint Presentation and Sample Format for Documentation of Program Office Research.