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).

For policy and guidance questions contact VHA CO ORD Regulatory at

Draft Guidance Documents

Guidance Documents


Federal Regulations

Good Clinical Practice

Guiding Principles


Final Rule Issued: Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (The Common Rule)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, have issued final revisions to the Common Rule. The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017.

Amendments to VHA HANDBOOK 1200.05

ORD issued two technical amendments to VHA Handbook 1200.05: Requirements for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

- Amendment Feb. 22, 2017

- Amendment June 29, 2017

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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