Export control policy, legislation and enforcement mechanisms are an increasingly complex area. They are not unique to the UK and exist in some form or another in most regions around the world.
The UK’s export control laws are defined under the UK’s parliamentary statutory legislation and are derived from both European Union law as well as national UK law. They apply equally to academic activities as they do to commercial trades. There are numerous reasons for governments to control exports and these mainly impact upon a University in the prevention of science and technology being exported into the wrong hands.
Loughborough University is committed to ensuring that its activities are carried out in compliance with all applicable legal obligations. It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that University activities are carried out and handled appropriately and in compliance with all relevant legislation; this forms part of their duty as set out in the University financial regulations (section 2).
Export control matters only arise in particular types of work but it is also important to recognise that while the work in which you are involved may appear unrelated, dual/multiple purposes for technologies, systems and processes may exist. It is therefore important that all staff engaged directly or indirectly in University business, including research, enterprise and teaching activities, are suitably aware of the export control requirements.
Failure in this regard can also result in criminal offences.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued specific guidance for Universities which is available here:
- Export Control Organisation
- Export Control Act 2002 (Guidance)
- Import and Export Licences (Guidance)
- UK Strategic Annual Report 2013
Further enquiries should be directed to Arif Syed, Legal Affairs Manager (Research, Enterprise & Teaching).