Export Controls are US laws that regulate the distribution to foreign nationals and foreign countries of strategically important products, goods, services and information for reasons of foreign policy and national security. Export controls apply to ALL activities – not just sponsored research. Many of these laws have been in existence since the 1940’s and fall under three governing agencies: State Department – International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); Commerce Department – Export Administration Regulations (EAR); Treasury Department – Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).
The federal laws and policies from these agencies are far ranging with severe penalties for violations. It is important for faculty and administrators to be familiar with these laws and regulation since ignorance of the law is an inadequate defense. The area of export control is complex, technical and evolving. The links provided below are to serve as a guide and are not exhaustive.
General Information (includes information on violation penalties and exclusions)
Do’s and Don’ts