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:
The NOI and other matters affecting export controls will be discussed with Department of Commerce staff during several industry program sessions at SPIE Photonics West.
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.
The first meetings will be held 2 February 2017 at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California. You do not need to sign up for the conference to attend these meetings.
|Detectors & Cameras
||Lenses & Optics
|10:00am - 11:00am
||11:30am - 12:30pm
||1:30pm - 2:30pm
- Image Intensifiers
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.
Recorded 8 November 2016
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.
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
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.
Comments, question, need more information?
Contact Jennifer Douris