The Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Export Compliance (VUMC EC) Office is responsible for assisting VUMC faculty and staff 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 faculty, trainees and students.
U.S. Export Control Law applies to many activities at VUMC that do not involve research, including those to which one might not expect these laws to apply. 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 shipping certain items, such as medical equipment, to foreign destinations, or conference binders for a meeting outside the U.S. to a foreign university/person. All these transactions might 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.
Please utilize the links in the sidebar on the right under "Export Compliance" to navigate to the proper page for assistance with your transaction requirements.
VUMC EC Contact Information
For additional contact information, please visit our Contact Us page.
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?
- Traveling overseas to attend a conference?
Export Compliance Review Flow Chart
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
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.
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