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Office of Research Oversight


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Human Research Protection

The ORO Regional Offices conduct onsite Routine or For Cause reviews of the Research and Development Committee (R&DC) Oversight Program and Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) in all VHA research facilities and provide technical assistance as needed.  The Regional Offices receive and monitor the remediation of non-compliance in human research and R&DC oversight program. The primary focus of the Regional Office oversight is to assist VHA research programs to ensure the protection of human subjects participating in research and the effective oversight of the research programs by the R&DC.

You can email the ORO Regional Office staff at:


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Except: Bedford
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Except Atlanta
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Except: Loma Linda

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VA Program for Research Integrity Development & Education (PRIDE)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is updated annually.  Browse these websites annually for changes. 

  • For 38 CFR, the VA section of the code is 38 CFR 16 – the VA regulations for human subject protections, with consent and IRB regulations combined in one part.
  • The HHS section of the code for human subject protection is overseen by the HHS Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) and is 45 CFR 46.

The FDA regulations on human subject protection are in 2 parts:

Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects-(Common Rule) (September 8, 2015)

Guidance from the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects: Do You Have What It Takes To Be An IRB Community Member 

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)