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Office of Research Oversight


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Human Research Protection

ORO conducts Focused Reviews and provides Technical Assistance regarding Human Research Protection Programs (HRPPs) at all VHA research facilities in order to protect human subjects participating in research.  ORO's Human Research Protection Workgroup monitors the remediation of non-compliance in HRPPs.

You can email ORO workgroups for HRPP and R&DC programs at:

Human Research Protection Program
Research and Development Committee

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VA Program for Research Integrity Development & Education (PRIDE)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is updated annually.  Browse these websites annually for changes. 

  • For 38 CFR, the VA section of the code is 38 CFR 16 – the VA regulations for human subject protections, with consent and IRB regulations combined in one part.
  • The HHS section of the code for human subject protection is overseen by the HHS Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) and is 45 CFR 46.

The FDA regulations on human subject protection are in 2 parts:

Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects-(Common Rule) (September 8, 2015)

Guidance from the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects: Do You Have What It Takes To Be An IRB Community Member 

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)