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VUMC Export Compliance


The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Export Compliance (VUMC EC) office is responsible for assisting VUMC employees with understanding and complying with the various export control laws and regulations as they relate to their work at VUMC.

VUMC is committed to an open teaching and research environment so that ideas can be published and exchanged freely among collaborators.

Please utilize the links in the sidebar on the left to navigate to the proper page for assistance with your transaction requirements.

VUMC EC Contact Information:
(615) 875--7577

Transactions That May Trigger an Export Control Issue

Export Compliance Review Flow Chart Adobe PDF Icon.png

  • Use this flow chart as general guidance to determine whether or not the research, shipment, export, etc. in question has export control restrictions.

U.S. Export Controls Flow Chart Adobe PDF Icon.png

  • Use this flow chart for a visual aid to assist you in familiarization with the foundation of U.S. Export Controls, regulations, guiding acts, and responsible departments, bureaus, and offices.

U.S. Export Control Law applies to many activities at VUMC beyond research, including some unexpected routine transactions. For example, entering into a contract with certain people or entities listed on denied party lists, or sending money to certain countries, may require a license from the U.S. government. Further examples include the shipping of certain items (such as medical equipment) to foreign destinations, or providing conference binders to a foreign university/person. All these transactions should involve complying with U.S. Export Control Laws. However, research activities both at VUMC and abroad currently present the majority of the export compliance activities for VUMC.

Traveling to or interacting with the "T5/T6": Cuba, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Iran or Venezuela?

Need to submit a concern, ask a question, or request further guidance?

Important News!

As of August 5, 2019, the U.S. has declared the Venezuelan government under comprehensive sanctions. (See Executive Order 13884) This "partial embargo" affects the entire public sector only and leaves the private sector of Venezuela largely unsanctioned at this time.

  • “All property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.”

Our website, tools, links and documents have been updated to reflect this change. This affects the "5 (now 6) Main Countries of Concern". Contact VUMC EC immediately when travel to, hiring of, visitors from, funding to or from, or physical exports to any of the 6 main countries of concern ("T5/T6") could occur.