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The Export Compliance Office at UNC Chapel Hill has the mission of ensuring University compliance with all applicable export control laws, regulations, and sanctions. Housed in the Division of Institutional Integrity and Risk Management (IIRM), University compliance with export controls is achieved through the enterprise-wide management of export compliance risks affiliated with the various international functions of the University and its members. The Export Compliance Office is dedicated to helping University personnel understand and adhere to export controls, while facilitating the open sharing of research results, scholarship, and the University’s global mission.

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Application of Export Control Laws

U.S. export control laws govern the transfer of controlled information, items, and technologies to foreign countries and foreign persons for national security purposes.

International Activities

International collaborations are very important to the global mission of UNC-Chapel Hill. The Export Compliance Office provides support through trainings, guidance, and specific reviews of collaboration scope as well as help vet institutions against sanctions lists.

Controlled Biologics

Some biologics and agents, even those that are commonly used in the laboratory, are highly controlled under U.S. export control regulations.

Restricted Parties and Visual Compliance

“Restricted parties” lists consist of people, companies, institutions or foreign agencies the U.S. Government has identified as being of concern for the purposes of U.S. national security. All University-related activities involving restricted parties will require prior approval from the Export Compliance office.

Comprehensive Sanctions

The U.S. federal government maintains what are known as “comprehensive sanctions” that have the effect of prohibiting U.S. persons from participating in most transactions, collaborations and activities with certain countries.

University Export Compliance Manual

The purpose of the University Export Compliance Manual is to give the reader a sense of the breadth and scope of the export control laws and to highlight risk areas specific to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Domestic Research And International Engagement

UNC-Chapel Hill encourages international involvement in its research and University-related activities across campus.

Export Compliance Guidance Document For Sponsored Research

The ECO is providing information on the types of projects or other funding opportunities that may require additional security controls and information sharing restrictions if awarded to UNC-Chapel Hill.