Office of Research & Development

ORD Policies and Guidance Documents

ALL VHA HANDBOOKS AND DIRECTIVES can be found on the VHA Publications website at ORD Handbooks are in the 1200 series ( see 1200 Handbook series list). Clicking on the link to organize Handbooks by Number will cluster the research Handbooks together on the list.

NOTE: For policy and guidance questions contact VHA CO ORD Regulatory at

Guidance Documents


Federal Regulations

Good Clinical Practice

Guiding Principles


Public Access

Investigators must make available to the public all peer-reviewed publications reporting the results of ORD-funded research without restriction...Learn more

Publication Notification Requirements

VA investigators or their local research offices are required, per VHA Handbook 1200.19, to notify VHA Research Communications of all scientific publications or presentations, upon acceptance. Read about the notification process.

Declaration of VA Research Principles

This poster describes how VA commits to conducting ethical human research, and is a reminder that everyone in VA is responsible for making sure these principles are followed as a top priority. Download (942 KB, PDF)

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