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ORO Checklists and Audit Tools



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.

ORO VHA Handbook 1200.05 Checklist (November 2015)

  • This Checklist is provided to assist facilities in ensuring compliance with VA human subjects research requirements.  Facilities may use this checklist in whatever measure will benefit their Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).  Please note that the requirements below that do not include references to 38 CFR 16 (the “Common Rule”) are generally VA specific requirements.  ORO recommends that particular attention be paid to these items if not already familiar with them.



Research Information Security

ORO Research Information Security Checklist (April 2018)



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 

2018-19 ORO Guidance for TRCO Research Audit and Training Requirements

2018-19 Animal Welfare Audit Tool

2018-19 Informed Consent Audit Tool

2018-19 Research Safety Audit Tool

2018-19 HRPP Audit Tool


Research Misconduct

Research Misconduct Checklists