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Research Compliance Education Program

The primary focus of ORO’s Research Compliance Education Program (RCEP) is the education and support of facility Research Compliance Officers (RCOs).  RCEP performs remote and on-site assessments of RCO auditing programs, provides tailored technical assistance to RCOs, and identifies good practices for performing and reporting required audits.  RCEP provides monthly national teleconferences for RCOs, self-study guides for new RCOs regarding VA policy, and face-to-face regional and national RCO meetings consistent with VA policy.  RCEP also administers the annual Facility Director’s Certification of Research Compliance, updates ORO’s RCO auditing requirements, and collects and analyzes national quality metrics related to VHA research such as the annual Facility Directors Certification.  RCEP oversees Assurances and Assurance Addenda such as the Federalwide Assurance required by regulation for conducting VA research involving human subjects.  RCEP also oversees and provides guidance concerning IRB Registrations and Memoranda of Understanding.

You can email the RCEP staff at

Attention VA RCOs:

Research Compliance Officer Reference Materials and Tools are located on ORO's Research Compliance and Technical Assistance SharePoint Site.  If you are a VA Research Compliance Officer and need access to this SharePoint Site, please contact