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Data last updated: 04/01/21

ORD has created a new database of research-related Frequently Asked Questions. The keyword search box is used to search published FAQs and Guidance Documents that are found on the ORD policy and Guidance webpage.


Topics included in database: Advertisements; Azure RMS; Animal Research; Biosafety; Case Reports; Certificates of Confidentiality; Clinical Screening Procedures; Conflicts of Interests; Continuing Review; COVID-19; COVID Convalescent Plasma; Employee Participation in COVID-19 Research; Exempt Research; Information Security; Informed Consent; International Research; IRB Membership; Material Transfer Agreements; My HealtheVet Secure Messaging; Non-Veterans;The PREP Act; Privacy; R&D Committee; Recruiting Research Subjects; Remote Monitoring; Research involving Pregnant Women and Children; Study Team Changes; Transitioning to the Revised Common Rule; VA Central IRB; VAIRRS.


Example of searches:

I am looking for information about…

Input one of the following keywords/phrases into the first search box

Input one of the following keywords/phrases into the second search box

Requirements for uploading financial conflicts of interest forms into IRBNet

FCOI; COI; Conflict of interest; Financial Conflict of Interest; Financial Conflict of Interest Statements; COI Disclosure Forms


R&D Committee designated review process

R&DC; RDC; R&D Committee; Research and Development Committee

Designated review; DR

Requirements for ORD funded research during the COVID-19 pandemic

ORD funded research; ORD sponsored research; ORD-funded research; ORD-sponsored research

COVID-19; COVID 19; Coronavirus

Publication requirements for studies on COVID-19

Publications; PubTracker; Journal Articles

COVID-19; COVID 19; Coronavirus

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)

Material Transfer Agreement; MTAs; Biospecimens

Requirements for using a combined informed consent form and HIPAA authorization for studies that involve banking data and/or specimens

Privacy; Informed Consent Form; Informed Consent Document; Combined Informed Consent Form and HIPAA Authorization; Combined ICF/HIPAA; Combined ICF HIPAA; HIPAA Authorization Form

Tissue Banking; Biospecimen Banking; Data Banking; Repository

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