VA contracts with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, a non-governmental organization, to scientifically review evidence on the long-term health effects of Agent Orange and other herbicides on Vietnam Veterans. IOM determines whether the evidence points to a statistically valid association that would suggest or establish a relationship between diseases studied and herbicide use.
IOM released its latest report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2012, in December 2013. VA reviewed the report and decided not to add further to the current list of Agent Orange diseases based on the available scientific and medical evidence. Read the Federal Register notice to learn more.
VA continues to conduct research on the effects of Agent Orange and monitor the health issues of Vietnam War-Era Veterans.