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OFAC Further Clarifies Its 2012 Guidance on U.S. Participation in ISO and IEC Standards Development


UPDATED: On March 23, 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) received written clarification from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) confirming that international standards development activities do not violate OFAC's Sudan sanctions regulations.

As OFAC stated in its initial guidance to ANSI on August 15, 2012, such activities were deemed to fall within the "informational materials" exemption to the sanctions regulations or are authorized under a general license which allows for collaboration on the creation and enhancement of written publications, such as international standards. [see related article]

Thus, recognizing that ISO and IEC standards are created with input from member bodies in embargoed countries and adopted as national standards by member bodies in those countries, OFAC determined that participation in development of such standards by ANSI and its members is permissible under current OFAC regulations.

Similar letters from OFAC relating to Cuba, Iran, and North Korea can be found here:

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