Office of Export Controls


What are Export Controls?


Export controls are Federal laws intended to protect US economic and national security interests and to support US foreign policy initiatives.  They do this by placing restrictions or controls (review and approval requirements) on the provision of items, information and services to foreign destinations and foreign nationals in the US. The University of Virginia, like all U.S. companies and individuals, is subject to U.S. export controls and to the large fines and penalties that can be assessed in response to violations. Individual as well as institutional liability exists for export control or sanctions violations. These requirements impact a variety or University research and educational activities and programs. The following brochures provide brief introductions to common areas of concern:

Additional information and links to associated forms can be found on the Procedures page of this website or you can contact the Office of Export Controls for assistance by email (, phone (x2-1539 or x3-7295) or in-person at Carruthers Hall.

The executive management of the University of Virginia is strongly commited to compliance with US export controls as is evidenced by the creation and support of this office; institutional policy (FIN-043); and registration with the applicable federal agencies.


Office Overview


The Office of Export Controls (OEC) was created in response to a recognized need on Grounds for a central office that could develop systems and best practices for compliance with Federal export control regulations. OEC is responsible for assuring University compliance with the following Federal export control regulations:

  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) - Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) - Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
  • Embargoes and Trade Sanction Regulations - Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control

Many other Federal agencies also have export control administration and enforcement authority; click HERE for a list of some additional agencies that may regulate the export of research samples, supplies, technology and equipment. While OEC is not specifically tasked with compliance oversight for these regulations, we will provide informal guidance regarding licensing requirements and put you in touch with the UVA or governement personnel that can provide additional assistance.




The Office of Export Controls is committed to identifying research and educational activities, projects, and programs that are subject to export control restrictions and ensuring that they are conducted in compliance with applicable requirements. Our goal is to provide timely and accurate information and support for all University export controlled activities including but not limited to export license applications, commodity jurisdiction and classification requests, and technology control plan development. Customized training programs aand consultations on any University activity that may be subject to export control requirements is available upon request.


Export Control Related News


The Federal government is currently in the process of implementing changes to the US export control system. This reform initiative began with President Obama's call for a broad-based interagency review of the U.S. export control system in August 2009. The final intent of the reform effort is to create a unified approach that is transparent for exporters and governemnt agencies; the following are the principle goals of the initiative:

  • a single export control list;
  • a single licensing entity;
  • a single IT system; and
  • a coordinated enforcement approach led by a single agency.

The primary focus of current efforts is to update and modernize the existing export control lists in the EAR (Commerce Control List) and ITAR (US Munitions List). This is being done through the Federal rulemaking process and is initiated by the release of paired Federal Register notices of proposed rules from the Departments of State and Commerce. The proposed rules are typically open for public comment for 45 to 60 days. If you would like to be contacted when changes related to a specific area of technology are proposed or are interested in providing comments on the proposed rules please send an email to with your request.


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