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General Information on Export Controls

This page provides guidance to University faculty, students, and staff so that they may recognize when export regulations may apply and when an export or OFAC license may be required in connection with research.

Quick Reference for Determining Potential Application of Export Control Laws for Research Projects

For the EAR (Export Administration Regulations),

The Buereau of Industry and Security, contains the regulations regarding commercial applications that may also have value in a military context overseas and to foreign nationals working in or visiting the US;

Commerce Contol List (CCL) contains Export Control Classifications.

The Bureau of Industry and Security U.S. Dept. of Commerce
is the home page of the BIS (formerly the BXA).

For the ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations),

The US Dept. of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls website,contains the regulations and other useful information regarding the restrictions on the export of certain technology or technical data, such as military applications.

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) citations to the regulations are as follows:

The ITAR are published in the 22 CFR §§ 120-130

The EAR are published in 15 CFR §§ 730-774.

The CFR Web address is

In addition, faculty doing work with an embargoed country may be subject to Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. These regulations affect nearly all transactions with those countries without regard to content or purpose. For a complete list of embargoed countries and prohibited transaction see:


As ORPA reviews every research project, it examines the proposal and the accompanying documents for any potential issues within it that may present an export control issue that must be resolved before the researcher can proceed with the research project.


Government Control of Exported Technology or Items

Export Controls Overview (Powerpoint Presentation)

Export control laws and regulations document

Export control laws and regulations document follow up

Researcher's Export Control Checklist


Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)
Export Controls & Universities: Information & Case Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Export Controls - overall guidance