Research Compliance Office
In 2008, the VA Office of Research and Development (ORD) issued a national mandate that all VA research oversight be conducted by Research Compliance Officers (RCO). The Research Compliance Office works independent of but cooperatively with the Research Service. The RCO reports directly to the Medical Center Director.
The Research Compliance Office oversees the conduct of human, animal and laboratory studies. Its mission is to protect human research participants, animals used in research, laboratory staff and to promote standards of excellence within the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC (LSCVAMC) research community.
VA Office of Research Oversight (ORO) has mandated that the key component of compliance must be auditing of the research program.
If you conduct research in the VA or VA leased space, with VA funding, or using VA participants you are required to conduct those studies in accordance with VHA Handbooks and policies, LSCVAMC policies & procedures and your approved protocols and grants.
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