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NCQA:  National Committee for Quality Assurance – The organization that the Department of Veterans Affairs has contracted with to develop and implement an accreditation program for all VAMC human research protection programs.  The purpose of the program is to strengthen the protections afforded to human subjects participating in research at a VAMC through an ongoing independent, external review.
The program is in the pilot phase and should be on line by the summer of 2001. www.ncqa.org

NIH:  National Institutes of Health - Agency within DHHS with both extramural and intramural research programs that provides funding for research, conducts studies and funds multi-site national studies. NIH is composed of many separate institutes dealing with specific health issues, i.e. aging, cancer, heart, etc.