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Defense & Security

Comment deadline looms on regulation changes proposed for U.S. photonics export controls

SPIE Newsroom
18 June 2015

A July 6 deadline looms for comments on proposed changes to U.S. export regulations covering a wide range of key photonics technologies --- regulations that some in the industry say are hampering global competitiveness of U.S. industry.

The U.S. Department of State is accepting comments on proposed new Category XII rules, which govern the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The rewrite is part of an overarching Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative undertaken by the Administration. Comments are also being accepted on the corresponding proposed Commerce Control List and Export Administration Regulations changes released by the Department of Commerce.

Category XII covers many of the optics and photonics commodities and components controlled under ITAR.

See full press release from SPIE: Comment deadline looms on regulation changes proposed for U.S. export controls on photonics technologies