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Conducting Research at the Atlanta VA
Like all institutions, the Atlanta VA Medical Center has policies and procedures regulating the conduct of research at its facility. AREF helps researchers navigate these sometimes confusing rules governing studies at federal institutions.

The Science Information Office (SIO) and the Human Studies Analyst act as resources for investigators, study coordinators, and laboratory personnel during the design and implementation of your projects. We encourage you to utilize these members of our team should you have any questions or need guidance.
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VA Training Requirements

Training requirements depend on the type(s) of research in which you will engage and the location of your research program. There are two categories of training requirements: those which must be completed once and those which must be retaken periodically. Training that is required periodically will be monitored with reminders sent to the employees and PI. In the event that training lapses, the SIO holds the right to notify the Research Compliance Officer for further review and potentially suspension of research. The tables below detail the requirements for conducting research at the VA Medical Center. If you have any questions, please contact the Science Information Office.

General Requirements

Required For
Frequency
Test Name
Method
All VA-Paid and WOC Researchers Annually VA Information Awareness, VA Privacy Training Online
All VA-Paid and WOC Principal Investigators and R&D Committee Members (Located on site or working with VA data) Once Avoiding Financial Conflict of Interest in Federal Research (VA Version) Online
All Research Personnel who do not work in a Research Laboratory Once Hazwhopper Training Online
Researchers Working With Blood and/or Body Fluids Once Hazwhopper Training Online
All VA Paid and WOC Research Staff Once Information Security 201 for Research Online

Human Studies Researchers

Required For
Frequency
Test Name
Method
All engaged in Human Sudies Once CITI Training Core Courses Online
All VA-Paid and WOC Researchers Biennially Annual Refresher Course
(CITI Refresher, VAMC Refresher, NIH Refresher, etc.)
Online
All VA-Paid and WOC Researchers with Subject Interaction Biennially Good Clinical Practice
(Available through CITI)
Online

Animal Studies Researchers

Required For
Frequency
Test Name
Method
All engaged with animals Biennially Working with the VA IACUC Online
Researchers Working With Mice Biennially Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Mice Online
Researchers Working With Rats Biennially Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Rats Online
Researchers Performing Survival Surgery on Mice and/or Rats Biennially Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Reducing Pain and Distress Online
Researchers Working With Rabbits Biennially Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Rabbits Online
Researchers Working With Cats Biennially Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Cats Online
Researchers Working With Dogs Biennially Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Dogs Online
Researchers Working With Gerbils Biennially Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Gerbils Online
Researchers Working With Guinea Pigs Biennially Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Guinea Pigs Online
Researchers Working With Hamsters Biennially Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Hamsters Online
VA IACUC Members Biennially Essentials for IACUC Members Online

Biohazard Use

Required For
Frequency
Test Name
Method
All VA-Paid and WOC Researchers Annually Atlanta VAMC Laboratory Safety Refresher Course Online

Radioisotope Use

Required For
Frequency
Test Name
Method
All VA-Paid and WOC Researchers Once Atlanta VAMC Radiation Safety Training In Person
All VA-Paid and WOC Researchers Annually Thereafter Atlanta VAMC Annual Radiation Safety Training Online
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