OFAC Allows Joint Medical Research with Cuba
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC),
has modified the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) (31 C.F.R. Part
515) to allow joint medical research between persons subject to U.S.
jurisdiction and Cuban nationals. In the context of the CACR, a “person
subject to U.S. jurisdiction” includes any non-U.S. entity owned or
controlled by a U.S. person or company directly or indirectly.
It is important to note that the focus of this rule is the development
and sale of Cuban origin pharmaceutical products into the United Sates
and not the sale of U.S. origin products into Cuba. The changes
published today have no impact on the sale of U.S. origin pharmaceutical
products into Cuba, and the modified rules do not eliminate the need for
sales into Cuba to be licensed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and/or
the Department of the Treasury.
As a result of this rule change, effective October 17, 2016, U.S.
pharmaceutical companies and their foreign subsidiaries, as well as U.S.
nationals, are authorized to engage in various types of transactions
“incident to obtaining approval from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) of Cuban origin pharmaceuticals, including
discovery and development, pre-clinical research, clinical research,
regulatory review, regulatory approval and licensing, regulatory
post-market activities, and the importation into the United States of
Cuban-origin pharmaceuticals,” as well as the “marketing, sale, or other
distribution in the United States of FDA-approved Cuban-origin
pharmaceuticals, including the importation into the United States of
In its most recent Portfolio of Opportunities for Foreign Investment,
Cuba identified the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector, where
BioCubaFarma has been producing vaccines and drug products for years, as
one of the targets of foreign investment through strategic partnerships.
Specifically, the Cuban government stated that it was promoting joint
R&D projects, distribution and representation arrangements and
technology transfer arrangements that complemented domestic projects in
the sector. This week’s changes to the CACR will facilitate
participation in these types of investments and activities in Cuba by
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