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VA Innovation and Research Review System (VAIRRS)

The VAAAHS Research Service has transitioned to a new on-line submission and review system, called VA Innovation and Regulatory Review System (VAIRRS), commercially known as IRBNet.  VAIRRS will be used by all VAs with resarch programs and will provide regulatory management for R&D, IRB, PO/ISO, Safety, and IACUC committees. All submissions, including new, continuing review, amendments, staff changes and closures, should be made in VAIRRS.

Uploading historical documents to VAIRRS
For projects that were originally created in AAROW, you will need to upload historical documents prior to creating your first package (Continuing review (CR), amendment, etc).  Follow the instructions to submit a package, select the type of package as "other" and in the comments indicate that you are "adding historical documents".
Click on the committees to see the list of required documents.  Please pay attention to the naming mechanisms.   You can also watch a video tutorial here.

In order to help investigators, study teams, and committee members navigate VAIRRS, we have developed a library of guidance documents, organized by the following topics:

Creating an account in VAIRRS (
     Setting up a new account - IRBNet Energizer
     Adding SOP and Training to User Profile
     Linking CITI training - IRBNet Energizer
     Introduction to VAIRRS (Powerpoint)

Resources for researchers
     Submitting a new project:  Word doc   Video Tutorial     Documents to include
     Submitting a package (continuing review, amendment etc):  Word Doc     Video tutorial
     Sharing a project or package 
     Submitting a project - IRBNet Energizer #1
     Post-Submission Advanced Topics - IRBNet Energizer #2
     Researcher Orientation to VAIRRS (Powerpoint)

Resources for committee members
     Committee Member Training - IRBNet Energizer
     ISSO and PO Training - IRBNet Energizer
     Committee Member Orientation to VAIRRS (Powerpoint)
     ISSO and PO Orientation to VAIRRS (Powerpoint)