Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Corrections
Department of Corrections
Regulations for Human Subject Research [6 VAC 16 ‑ 20]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description This action will establish regulations under 6VAC16 for Human Subject Research to comply with the Code of Virginia. Regulations regarding human research exist for the protection of individuals participating in any sort of research which may expose such human subjects to physical or psychological injury as a consequence of participation as subjects and which departs from the application of established and accepted therapeutic methods appropriate to meet the subjects' needs. Currently, these regulations exist under 6VAC15, the State Board of Local and Regional Jails. In 2020, Chapter 759 of the Acts of Assembly changed authority for these regulations from the prior Board of Corrections (under §53.1-5.1 of the Code of Virginia) to the Director of the Department of Corrections (under §53.1-10 of the Code of Virginia). This action is necessary to relocate the regulations under the proper agency number, 6VAC16.
State Authority 53.1-10
Federal Authority NA
Periodic Review Note A periodic review was conducted under 6VAC15 for these regulations prior to taking action to reestablish them under 6VAC16. No external comments were received.
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To establish regulations for human subject research as required by §53.1-10 of the Code of Virginia under 6VAC16.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Colleen Maxwell  / Hearing Legal Services Officer II
Address: 6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225
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Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Promulgate regulations for human subject research Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/01/2023.