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Requirements for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research 
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of seventeen Federal departments and agencies that have agreed to follow the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule), effective June 18, 1991 (56 Federal Register (FR) 28001). This policy is incorporated in title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 16. This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook defines the procedures for implementing 38 CFR Part 16 and other applicable Federal requirements for the protection of human subjects, and defines changes to the Human Research Protection Program accreditation policy.

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Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Research 
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook defines the requirements regarding the inclusion of women and minorities in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research.


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