VA Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Accreditation Contract
The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) accreditation contract between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Alion Science and Technology Corporation has been terminated effective October 7, 2014. The VHA Office of Research and Development (ORD) has no contract with any organization providing HRPP accreditation services as of this referenced date. Current ORD requirements in VHA Handbook 1200.05, Paragraph 64 regarding VA HRPP accreditation are as follows:
"64. ACCREDITATION OF HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION PROGRAMS
Any VA facility with a Federalwide Assurance must obtain accreditation of its HRPP by the Accrediting Organization under contract with VA. This HRPP accreditation must be obtained in accordance with a schedule to be determined by the ORD based on the facility's HRPP accreditation status and history. Maintenance of HRPP accreditation must be in accordance with ORD HRPP accreditation requirements including those relating to academic affiliates providing IRB services to the VA facility. Academic affiliates may be required to cooperate with the Accrediting Organization under contract with VA or to maintain their own accreditation with another accrediting organization recognized by VA. NOTE: The HRPP accreditation requirements are posted on the ORD web site at: http://www.research.va.gov/pride/accreditation/default.cfm."
Since there is no current VA contract for the VA HRPP accreditation program, requirements for VA Facilities to the HRPP Accrediting Organization under contract with VA are currently not applicable. Loss of HRPP accreditation by a VA Facility accredited by the previous vendor (Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.) is not noncompliance with ORD policy as described in VHA Handbook 1200.05, Paragraph 64 and does not need to be reported to the VHA Office of Research Oversight (ORO).
Updates regarding the VA HRPP Accreditation Contract will be posted as they are made available. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Karen Jeans at firstname.lastname@example.org.