RESEARCH TO IMPROVE VA POLICIES AND HEALTH CARE
Beginning in 1991, as required by public law, VA contracted with the
Health and Medicine Division (HMD) (formally known as the Institute of
Medicine) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review scientific and medical information related to the health effects of exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides.
HMD released the first report of its findings, entitled “Veterans and Agent Orange,” in 1994 and was required to release updated reports every two years through 2016.
For every biennial update, HMD was charged to determine 1) whether
there was a statistical association between specific diseases and exposure to herbicides used during the conflict in Vietnam, 2) whether there was an increased risk of disease among individuals exposed to herbicides during service in Vietnam, and 3) whether there was evidence of a causal relationship between herbicide exposure and a disease.MORE