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SPIE Position on Export Controls

On 17 April, SPIE released a position paper on 'Export Controls and its Impact on U.S. Innovation' in response to recent export control reform and the subsequent Notice of Inquiries seeking public opinion of these changes. Public comments period ended 14 March (see below).

Download Export Controls and its Impact on U.S. Innovation.


SITAC Meeting and NOI Session at Photonics West 2017

The Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC) meeting and Notice of Inquiry Session (NOI) presented at Photonics West on 1 February 2017.

Review the presentation slides from these sessions:

Notices of Inquiry (NOIs):US Munitions List Category XII and Commerce Control List (PDF)

The Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Commitee (SITAC) (PDF)


60-Day Comment Period Open for Notice of Inquiry

13 January - 13 March 2017

Notice of Inquiry seeking public opinion about reinstating technical parameters where “specially designed” is used in export control regulations revised late last year was released today for public inspection via the Federal Register. In a press release issued 12 January, leaders of SPIE are advising the community that the level of public comment received will influence whether the wording is retained.

Interested parties may comment via the Federal Register: [State Department NOI] and [Commerce Department NOI]. SPIE has drafted templates to assist companies and universities with their response to both:


Optic and Photonic Export Control Working Groups

SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), are forming working groups comprised of industry and research university representatives that will assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the U.S. export control system in the areas of Detectors and Cameras, Lasers, and Lenses and Optics.

If you are interested in joining one or more of these groups, please click on the registration for that group. You will automatically be added to the distribution list for the group's activities, including meeting notices. If you would like more information, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris.

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Webinar Recording
Recorded 8 November 2016

SPIE Webinar:
ITAR Changes that will Impact the Optics and Photonics Community

Jennifer Douris, SPIE Director of Government Affairs and Vice Chair of SITAC, moderated a panel who reviewed changes to Category XII of the USML impacting ITAR regulations for both industry and research universities. 

The Panelists
Bureau of Industry and Security staff from the US Department of Commerce:

  • Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary
  • Chris Costanzo, Deputy Director, Sensors and Aviation Division
  • Steve Emme, Senior Policy Advisor
  • John Varesi, Sensors and Aviation Division

Watch the Recording


Changes to Category XII of the U.S. Munitions List
as of 12 October 2016

The final export rules for US Munitions List (USML) Category XII and the corresponding Commerce Control List (CCL) Category VI revisions were released 12 October 2016. These rules will impact International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for both industry and research universities.

These changes will guide export controls for sensitive military and dual-use optic and photonic technologies.


Press Releases
Press Release 10/11/16: Final Export Control rules released today by U.S. government
Press Release 2/19/16: Interim proposed ITAR rule released today by U.S. government
Press Release 6/18/15: Comment deadline looms on regulation changes proposed for U.S. export controls on photonics technologies
Press Release 5/5/15: Comments needed now from photonics industry on revisions of U.S. export rules

Other Information
Webinar Recording: Proposed Changes to the US Munitions List that Will Impact ITAR, Recorded 2 March 2016
Slides from the SPIE Webinar: Proposed Changes to the U.S. Munitions List that Will Impact ITAR conducted on 12 May 2015
SPIE Category XII Webinar Q&A (Word doc)

Comments, question, need more information?
Contact Jennifer Douris
jenniferd@spie.org