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Restricted Parties & Countries of Concern

Restricted Parties

Not only can sanctions apply to countries and governments, they can also apply to people and organizations. The U.S. Government maintains listings of denied parties and we are restricted in our interactions with individuals and entities on those lists. Restrictions vary depending on the regulating agency and nature of debarment.


Did you know, the Fundamental Research Exclusion (FRE) may not apply to restricted parties? Before you transact with any person or organization, ensure they are not listed on a denied or blocked parties list.

  1. Ask VEC to screen for you - complete a Restricted Parties Screening Request
  2. Conduct your own screening - use the Consolidated Screening List at


In the event the individual or entity appears on one of the lists, contact Additional due diligence may be needed before proceeding.



Countries of Concern

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulates the U.S. embargo and sanctions programs. These programs restrict or prohibit different interactions with certain countries. The level of restriction can vary depending on the destination country and the proposed interaction, as well as our Government’s current foreign policy and international relations.


The OFAC sanction programs can be generalized into three categories:

  • “Comprehensive” – Virtually all interactions and activities are prohibited, including exporting to, importing from, financial transactions of any kind, and/or providing services of any kind, without an authorized export license.
    • Cuba
    • Iran
    • North Korea
    • Sudan
    • Syria
    • Venezuela
  • “Limited” – Under limited sanctions programs only some activities (e.g., importation of items) are prohibited.
  • “Regime or List-Based” – Regime or List-Based sanctions are targeted against specific individuals or are targeted against specific groups of people usually associated with a governmental body or regime.


For an updated list of currently sanctioned countries and programs see the OFAC Sanctions Programs and Country Information.


For information on controls and reasons for the controls for each country, see the Commerce Country Chart published by the Bureau of Industry and Security.


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