Export controls are U.S. laws and regulations that regulate and restrict the release of critical technologies, information, and services to foreign nationals, within and outside of the United States, and foreign countries for reasons of foreign policy and national security. The scope of export-controlled items is very broad and includes, but is not limited to, equipment, software code, chemical and biological materials, and technical data. These laws and regulations, which include international sanctions programs, also restrict activities within certain countries (see https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx) and with designated institutions, entities, and individuals, even if no controlled items are involved. Export controls apply to virtually all fields of science and engineering and restrict both physical shipments and electronic transmission of information. These laws apply to all activities – not just sponsored research projects.
- an actual shipment or transmission out of the United States, including sending or taking a controlled item or information out of the United States in any manner,
- releasing or otherwise transferring (including verbally or visually) information about a controlled item to a foreign person in the United States (a "deemed export"),
- transferring registration, control, or ownership of certain controlled items to a foreign person, and
- use or application of controlled technology on behalf of, or for the benefit of, any foreign person or entity, either in the U.S. or abroad.
UMass Amherst Export Control Program
- Chancellor's Memo on Export Control
- UMass Export Control Training Program
- UMass Amherst Export Control Compliance Program Guidelines
Training - Online CITI Course on Export Controls
- Once on the CITI site, click "Log in'" and on the next page "Log in through my institution". UMass NetId and password required.
- Procedure for Dealing with Restrictions to Open Research
- eShip Global
- Export Controls "Top Ten" List
- UMass Export Control Seminar - (11/2009)
Other Guidance Resources
- Fundamental Research Decision Tree
- Red Flag Indicators in Export Transactions
- Travel Tips from the National Counterintelligence Executive
- Consolidated Screening List
- Export Controls and Universities: Information and Case Studies
- "Don't Let This Happen to You!: An Introduction to U.S. Export Control Law"