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Export control regulations

Restrictions apply to research activities

Export controls are a complex set of federal regulations that govern the release of certain commodities, technologies, and software to foreign nationals in the United States and abroad. These controls are in place to promote national security, foreign policy, anti-terrorism, and non-proliferation.

A world globe

3 types of export control regulations

  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations

Export controls and WSU research

Research efforts at Washington State University are a global endeavor. Dissemination of ideas is a core value. Throughout the course of research, university faculty, staff, and students will likely cross paths with federal export control regulations that impose restrictions.

Although the majority of activities at the university are not subject to export control restrictions or licensing requirements, it is the responsibility of each member of the university community to be aware of requirements under these regulations.

Activities that may be restricted

Among common research activities that necessitate knowledge of export control requirements are the following:

For additional information about export controls, see the following:

Compliance is critical

If you are unfamiliar with export control regulations, please review the information within this site. Contact the Office of Research Assurances if you have questions.

Penalties for non-compliance are severe. They impact both the institution and the researcher.

The Office of Research Assurances is here to provide tools, resources, and guidance to comply with all federal export control regulations.

News & notifications

Articles

“U.S. takes aim at foreign influence,” Science, Dec. 20, 2019

“Chinese researcher nabbed with liquid-filled vials at Logan not first snagged in federal crackdown; at least 18 similar seizures at airport this year,” Universal Hub, Dec. 20, 2019

Government communications

Letter to the United States Research Community, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Sept. 16, 2019 (pdf)

Letter to academic colleagues, U.S. Department of Defense, Oct. 10, 2019 (pdf)