Export Controls


International Traffic-in-Arms Regulations (ITAR)

These are regulations administered by the US Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) that regulate the export of defense articles, defense services, and technical data found on the US Munitions List (USML).

Primary ITAR Concerns in Research:
  • When data or a defense article is shipped (exported) outside the US
  • Allowing an unlicensed foreign person access to technical data or a defense article without approval from the Export Control office.
  • Importing defense articles listed on the US Munitions Import List (USML)
  • Providing technical assistance to foreign persons on how to use a defense article (this includes presentation, consulting, and/or teaching)
  • Providing military advice or assistance on specific situations that further advances military capability or solves a specific problem

ITAR - Purposes and Definitions

Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

These are regulations administered by the US Department of Commerce and regulate items that have a dual use purpose found on the Commerce Control List (CCL).  These items may include technology, technical data and technical assistance, which are designed for commercial purpose, but may be used for military applications.

Association of University Export Control Officers (AUECO)
Definition of "Use" Technology

Deemed-Export Rule
This rule states that releasing controlled technology or technical data to a foreign person in the US is deemed to be an export to the home country of the foreign person.  This may be an area of concern for researchers because of the people (post-docs, faculty, visiting scientists, etc.) involved in the study.  Refer to the US Dept of Commerce's FAQs or the UC Export Controls office for further clarification. 

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

Please note:  Items listed under "Items that do not require BIS Commodity Classification" may still require a license depending on the country of the end user or destination.

Obtaining Classification

Before beginning any project, it is important to protect yourself by obtaining a classification.  Contact the sponsor, manufacturer, distributor, or other 3rd party to obtain this information. 

The Export Controls office will work with investigators to determine classification for UC developed items.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Export Controls
University Hall, Suite 560D
51 Goodman Drive
PO Box 210567
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0567

Tara Wood
Director, Export Controls

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Tina Bosworth
Sr. Export Control Specialist

What to do fact sheet