Are You Considering Participating in Research?
What You Should Know . . .
If you are a Veteran and considering volunteering in research, please click here for more information about research and what it means to participate in research.
April 2013 - VHA Handbook 1058.04 Republished
VHA Handbook 1058.04 (Debarments and Suspensions Based on Research Impropriety in VA Research) was reissued on April 15, 2013.
Revised VA Information Security Program Handbook Released
A revised VA Handbook 6500 - Risk Management Framework For VA Information Systems – Tier 3: VA Information Security Program was published September 20, 2012. Click here for more information.
Research Compliance Reporting Requirements
The latest revision of VHA Handbook 1058.01 RESEARCH COMPLIANCE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS (November 15, 2011) is in effect. The following documents provide additional guidance on the Handbook:
Have Questions for ORO?
Facilities can communicate quickly and easily with specified ORO workgroups by using the eMail-ORO system. Click here for more information.
How to File a Complaint About VA Research
Complaints related to VA research can often be resolved by contacting the VA Medical Center conducting the research.
When direct contact with the Medical Center is not desired, complaints related to the protection of human research subjects may be directed to the Office of Research Oversight (ORO) by contacting the appropriate ORO Regional Office. Complaints related to research information protection, research safety and security, or laboratory animal welfare should be directed to ORO Central Office by telephone (202-632-7620) or through eMail-ORO (click here).
Specific allegations related to fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism (“research misconduct”) should be presented to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) at the VA Medical Center conducting the research. When direct contact with the Medical Center is not desired, research misconduct complaints may be directed to ORO Central Office at 202-632-7688. Click here for more information on research misconduct.
ORO does its best to honor the confidentiality of persons who file complaints about VA research.
However, persons who do not wish to identify themselves and would rather remain ANONYMOUS may call ORO’s toll-free COMPLAINT LINE at 1-877-343-6562.
Please provide as much information as possible when calling the Complaint Line. ORO may not be able to follow-up effectively without sufficient information.
Complaints in the following areas should be directed to the appropriate office listed below:
• Medical Treatment – VHA Medical Inspector Hotline (1-800-634-4782). VHA Central Office Patient Advocate – Coordination of Care (1-202-461- 7252).
• Fiscal Waste/Fraud/Abuse – VA Inspector General (1-800-488-8244).
• Billing/Payment – VHA Compliance & Business Integrity (1-866-842-4357).
• VA Benefits – Veterans Benefits Administration (1-800 827-1000; 1-800-4833 TDD). Veterans Benefits Administration Office of Communications (1-202-273-5674).