38 CFR § 1.492 - Order not applicable to records disclosed without consent to researchers, auditors and evaluators.

§ 1.492 Order not applicable to records disclosed without consent to researchers, auditors and evaluators.

A court order under §§ 1.460 through 1.499 of this part may not authorize qualified personnel, who have received patient identifying information from VA without consent for the purpose of conducting research, audit or evaluation, to disclose that information or use it to conduct any criminal investigation or prosecution of a patient. However, a court order under § 1.495 of this part may authorize disclosure and use of records to investigate or prosecute VA personnel.

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 7334)