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Human Subjects Division (HSD)


Update: Research Involving the VA

Jul 8, 2009 at 1:24pm
The IRB arrangement between the UW and the local VA ended as of July 1, 2009.  The VA Puget Sound Health Care System now has its own independent IRB. We are very grateful to researchers and study coordinators for their prompt responsiveness to the several requests we made during the past few months.  Your help made the transition go more smoothly than expected.  Thank you! All researchers whose studies now are under dual IRB oversight ("dual review"; i.e., oversight by the UW IRB and by the VA IRB) have received an email memo from the UW IRB indicating:
  • The UW IRB committee to which each study has been assigned
  • The name and contact information for the HSD administrator that leads the staff support team for the IRB committee
Additional information about UW involvement in VA research has been posted on HSD's website, to assist researchers in navigating the IRB review process when both institutions are involved in a research study.  This webpage describes the procedures to follow:  http://www.washington.edu/research/hsd/va/   On the right side of this webpage, there is a link to a document entitled "UW Engagement in VA Research".  This document guides researchers in determining whether a specific study requires dual review and oversight.