Export Controls

To protect faculty, staff, trainees and the University, the UC Office of the President developed a summary of the Federal Export Control Regulations entitled "Export Control in a Nutshell".  All faculty, staff and trainees are encouraged to review this summary. Additional export control training material can be located at UCOP Ethics, Compliance and Audit and on the UCSF Ethics and Compliance website.

UCSF Export Compliance 

There are regulations under which certain technology, commodities and software can be transmitted overseas to individuals, including U.S. citizens, or to a foreign national on U.S. soil. The Department of State and the Department of Commerce oversee export regulations. Most UCSF research activities are excluded from export controls under a general exception for "fundamental research". The exception is nullified when there is a non disclosure agreement signed by the faculty member. Faculty cannot sign these documents without first sending them to the Office of Legal Affairs. Any faculty member who has a signed non disclosure form should investigate whether that document will affect the export status of the information.  Many things require a license to export, ask your vendor. UCSF Ethics and Compliance can help if you are in doubt.


UCOP has advice on export controls as does UCSF. If you have a question, contact the Office of Ethics and Compliance early, as they must research the control issues around each item.  U.S. State Department and Department of Commerce regulates equipment and knowledge conveyed to countries or foreign nationals.

Information is a commodity, and is subject to import/export rules. Most research work is exempt because it is destined for publication in journals. However, if you are working with a private entity who has control over your data, you may not be exempt. Contact Legal Affairs especially if you have signed any nondisclosure agreements.

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Last updated: June 27, 2014