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ORO Checklists and Audit Tools

Important note:

All references to VHA Handbook 1200.05 in ORO documents on this website – including but not limited to Handbooks, Guidances, FAQs, Checklists and Audit Tools – refer to the May 2, 2012, version of VHA Handbook 1200.05, unless otherwise noted. As indicated in the current version of VHA Handbook 1200.05 (November 12, 2014), “All sections of rescinded VHA Handbook 1200.05, dated May 2, 2012, must be followed until the VA facility implements the requirements of this new Handbook, but no later than March 12, 2015.” Thus, the requirements of the May 2, 2012, version of VHA Handbook 1200.05 as listed in the ORO documents must be followed until the VA facility implements (i.e., by local SOP) the current version of the Handbook (no later than March 12, 2015). The relevant ORO documents on this website will be revised to reflect the requirements of the current version of VHA Handbook 1200.05 by March 12, 2015.


Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Checklist

Research and Development Committee (RDC) Checklist

Investigational Pharmacy Checklist

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Checklist

  • This checklist is a tool to help initiate an MOU with another institution for the use of the IRB and related research services.


Research Information Security

ORO Research Information Security Checklist

Research Safety and Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare Checklist

Guidance Checklist for Research Safety

Security Checklist for BSL-1 and BSL-2 Laboratories

Security Checklist for BSL-3 Laboratories


Research Compliance and Technical Assistance

Research Compliance Officer (RCO) Checklist

2014-2015 Guidance Regarding RCO Audit and Training Requirements 

2014-2015 Animal Welfare Audit Tool 

2014-2015 Informed Consent Audit Tool 

2014-2015 Research Safety Audit Tool 

2014-2015 HRPP Audit Tool 

Modified Audit Requirements (for Human Subjects Research initiated prior to January 1, 2008)


Research Misconduct

Research Misconduct Checklists