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Vanderbilt University and Medical Center is committed to an open teaching and research environment so that ideas can be published and exchanged freely among faculty and students. However, instances may arise in which some Vanderbilt research or activities will involve the transfer of technology, information, materials or equipment that are subject to regulation and restriction under federal export control laws. The Vanderbilt Export Compliance (VEC) office is here to assist faculty and staff navigate and understand the various export control laws and regulations as they relate to their work at Vanderbilt.

Transactions That May Trigger an Export Control Issue

  • Shipping equipment to a foreign country?
  • Collaborating with foreign colleagues in foreign countries?
  • Hosting Foreign Visitors on campus?
  • Exposing foreign nationals to research labs?
  • Training of students (foreign nationals on research protocols or equipment)?
  • Working with a foreign country subject to US embargo?
  • Sponsor approval rights over publication?
  • Sponsor limit on participation of foreign students?
  • Hiring a Foreign National on an H1-B Visa? Visa Deemed Export Questionnaire
  • Traveling overseas to attend a conference?


Frequently Asked Questions

What is an export?

What is export control?

Who oversees export control regulations?

Who is responsible for export compliance?

What do I need to know?

When should I contact VEC?

Can I take my Vanderbilt-owned laptop, PDA, or other electronic device on foreign trips?

Do export controls apply even when no publication or citizenship restrictions are associated with my research?

Can classes or courses be subject to export controls?

How long does it take to get an export license?

I purchase equipment and supplies for faculty member in my department, is there anything I should do to help prevent possible export control violations?

Where else can I find export control guidance?


Upcoming Seminars & Training:

Fundamentals of Export Control Every Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am

Center Building, 2014 Broadway, Suite 350

Click here to make a reservation to attend.  We look forward to meeting you!

Click here to see more information on seminars and training.


Recent News

Venezuela Executive Order

Regulatory Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions

OFAC Issues Amended Sudan General License No. 1A

Commerce Dept Announces Expansion of Export Restrictions on Russia

Hold on Issuance of Licenses to Russia

Since March 1, 2014, BIS has placed a hold on the issuance of licenses that would authorize the export or reexport of items to Russia. BIS will continue this practice until further notice.

Since March 27, 2014, the Department of State has placed a hold on the issuance of licenses that would authorize the export of defense articles and defense services to Russia.  State will continue this practice until further notice.


Export Compliance Resources

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