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Caution:  International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) controlled items and technical data 
Can foreign persons use ITAR controlled items and technical data? 

Foreign persons -  even university employees - need a license to work with equipment, as well as materials, software, or technical data subject to the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) -  even if it is only being used in a fundamental research project

There is a bonafide full time employee exception (limited to certain countries of origin) but there is specific paperwork that needs to be completed and signed by all parties. Please contact the Export Compliance Officer for review and approval prior to relying on this license exception.

Examples of when a license is required:
  • Using night vision goggles originally developed for military use to be able to see a reaction in the laboratory under nighttime conditions.
  • Using an infrared camera originally developed for military use to be able to take nighttime pictures in the field.
  • Using a controlled chemical or biological agent in a research project.
  • Using a drone originally developed for military use to be able to take aerial pictures in the field.  
How Can I Contact SBU's Export Compliance Officer?