Export Controls

3.12 Export Controls

BU faculty and staff must adhere to export control regulations that govern the distribution to foreign nationals and foreign countries of strategically important technology, services, and information, including equipment and technology used in their research activities. Boston University faculty and employees are expected to assess their own activities to determine whether they are covered by export control license requirements. This analysis turns on what materials and technology will be involved in the activity, who will be involved in the research, and the purposes for which the materials or results of the research will be used. Export control regulations apply to materials and information acquired or produced by the University and its research, as well as to materials or information supplied by a third party, such as a research sponsor.

Federal regulations may apply to the physical export of equipment and technology used in the course of research, and the transmission of information, either in the U.S. or abroad. Transfer or use of certain technologies by foreign nationals in the U.S. is controlled by the same regulations that apply to shipments overseas. In many cases, University activities are exempt from export regulations. However, in some instances the University may need to secure a license before the PI/PD is permitted to transfer materials overseas, allow foreign nationals to access certain equipment, collaborate with a foreign company or research organization, hire a foreign consultant, or share research results with foreign nationals. These regulations are administered by the State Department (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), the Commerce Department (Export Administration Regulations), or the Treasury Department (Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations).
For Additional Information see: Export Control