General Information - Office of Research Oversight
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Per 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) §7307(d)(1), “[ORO] shall conduct periodic inspections and reviews, as the Director determines appropriate, of medical research programs of the Department.” In fulfillment of this statutory requirement, ORO conducts four types of on-site reviews: Combined Program Reviews; Focused Reviews; For-Cause Reviews; and Technical Assistance Reviews. ORO on-site Combined Program Reviews provide prospective, broad, integrated reviews of facility research oversight programs to assist VA facilities in fulfilling their responsibilities pertaining to: human research protections; research information security; laboratory animal welfare; research safety and laboratory security; and general research administration. ORO on-site Focused Reviews are narrower in scope than Combined Program Reviews and target individual facility research program oversight areas and/or specific issues for review. ORO on-site For-Cause Reviews are initiated in response to specific allegations of, or information about, the occurence of potentially serious noncompliance with the laws, regulations, and policies governing VA research. ORO on-site Technical Assistance Reviews provide VA research facilities with operational level evaluations and recommendations for fulfilling their responsibilities to conduct research in compliance with VA requirements.

Additional information about ORO's Combined Program Reviews and Focused Reviews may be accessed by clicking on the applicable tab on the left-hand side of this webpage.