Introduction to Export Controls Compliance
Cornell is committed to maintaining the public trust in its compliance with the laws and regulations that govern its conduct of research and scholarly activities, including those governing the export and import of physical/tangible items, information, and software.
For that purpose, the Office of Research Integrity & Assurance (ORIA) has devised two separate primers and sets of decision trees on export controls for researchers and administrators in (1) the humanities and social sciences and (2) science and engineering.
You may go directly to the appropriate Decision Tree in the left-hand column of tabs before traveling abroad, purchasing or using research equipment or sharing technology or technical data with a non-U.S. person.
To easily assess the issues for your entire project under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), please use these EAR and ITAR Decision Trees.
If you are involved with space-related research, please be sure to use the ITAR Decision Tree. You can also, if you wish, read general information about Space-Related Transfers of items, software or technical data.
As you access these resources, remember these two concepts:
PHYSICAL/TANGIBLE ITEMS, e.g., chemicals, biological materials, bio-agents, prototypes, agricultural materials, research samples, personal computer equipment, GPS equipment, archaeological artifacts, and geo-physical survey equipment.
INFORMATION, including technology and technical data. These terms do not denote equipment, but rather the specific information required to develop or produce a piece of equipment, such as the item's internal design.
SOFTWARE, including encryption software in either source code or object code. The U.S. government is especially concerned about the export of software relevant to any form of encryption.
It only means that ORIA needs to look at what the regulations require. In fact, a license is often not required because (a) the regulations will offer an exception to the license requirement OR (b) your export is not controlled for export to the destination country. For example, let's say you seek to ship a widget to a colleague to Germany. A license is not required if widgets are controlled for export, but only to a limited list of countries that does not include Germany.
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