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Researchers must understand and adhere to their obligations under federal export controls regulations. Export Controls Compliance at Northwestern assists investigators to comply with export control laws, however the primary responsibility rests with the person engaged in exporting activities. The consequences for violating these regulations can be severe, including significant monetary penalties and/or prison time. Please contact Export Controls Compliance with any questions or concerns.

Export Controls Compliance Policy, reviewed October 2019.

Other Relevant Information

What is an Export?

Learn how the regulations define what is an export and get a list of relevant countries subject to sanction by the Federal government.

When are Export Control Regulations applicable and how might it affect my research?

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Export Management & Compliance Program (EMCP)

Export Controls Compliance at Northwestern is developing its EMCP, which will help guide all Northwestern personnel through the export control regulations as they apply to universities. The first element of this EMCP is Northwestern’s Policy On Export Controls Compliance. Additional elements will be published as available.