Export Control

"Export controls" refer to a collection of U.S. laws and their implementing regulations that govern the distribution to foreign nationals and countries of strategically important technology, services and information for reasons of foreign policy and national security.

Export control regulations are promulgated and mangaged for the most part by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) under the Department of State, and the Export Administration Regulation (EAR) and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), under the Department of Commerce. Other federal departments may have additional regulations. 


If there are any international elements to your program or activity, it is important not to assume that you are free from export controls. In fact, any of the following situations might involve federal regulations:

  • Traveling abroad with equipment or research data
  • Collaborating with or hosting foreign nationals (which includes individuals, institutions, and businesses)
  • Sending research or information to colleagues overseas
  • Shipping physical items overseas

Five Colleges Office of Compliance and Risk Management recognizes the importance of complying with all U.S. export control regulations and is committed to supporting its participating colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke. Smith) with these regulations. As such, this webpage will serve as a reference for the Colleges' regulatory obligations, as well as procedural information for our participating institutions.

Export Control Regulatory Overview

Export Control FAQs

Export Control Program, Oversight Responsibility and Processes