This information is intended as a quick reference guide briefly summarizing the U.S. Export Control Laws (as defined below). This summary is not authoritative and is not a thorough restatement of those laws. If you have any questions about U.S. Export Control Laws, contact your attorney.
SAE International ("SAE") is proud to have a network of members, volunteers and authors from around the world. Through this network, each year, SAE publishes thousands of technical papers, engineering standards and books, offers a wide array of professional development opportunities, hosts numerous meetings and exhibits worldwide and provides local networking opportunities. As a U.S.-based, non-profit organization, SAE takes seriously its obligations to comply with U.S. Export Control Laws, including the trade embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (the "OFAC Regulations"), the Export Administration Regulations (the "EAR") and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (the "ITAR") (collectively, "U.S. Export Control Laws"). Awareness of these U.S. Export Control Laws is particularly important for those SAE members, volunteers and authors who prepare publications or other materials for SAE. This page serves
- The OFAC Regulations: The OFAC Regulations limit or prohibit most trade with specific countries, individuals and entities. However, SAE is able to offer access to most SAE materials and member benefits to all of its members, including to members in the OFAC sanctioned countries of Cuba, Iran and Sudan.
- The EAR and the ITAR: The EAR govern "dual use" technologies - those technologies that are mainly designed for commercial or civilian uses but that can also have military applications. The ITAR govern military technologies - "munitions items," sometimes called defense articles and defense services, listed on the U.S. Munitions List.
- As a professional engineering society, SAE itself does not develop or use any information, technologies or commodities controlled under the EAR or the ITAR. SAE activities and publications fall under the umbrella of the EAR's "published information exemption" (PIE). PIE is an express exemption under EAR. PIE covers both information that is already published and in the public domain and also information that is intended to be considered for such publication such as information shared in SAE committees and other activities that are fully geared toward the consideration, development, drafting and adoption of standards. While SAE's activities are not subject to the EAR and ITAR due to the PIE, SAE urges members, participants and authors to comply prior to disclosing such material to SAE, as an extra layer of precaution around this matter. Before SAE may accept or use any contribution from a member, volunteer or author, the individual shall certify in writing that such contribution is not controlled under the EAR or the ITAR. Each individual who offers such a contribution to SAE shall sign a copyright or similar transfer of right form incorporating a certification substantially similar to the following:
- "I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and information, the enclosed information, technology or commodity is NOT controlled for export from the United States to any non-U.S. person or any other nation under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (22 CFR Parts 120-130) or the Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR Parts 730-774) and, accordingly, may be modified, used, copied, distributed or circulated by SAE International, in whole or in part, without any export licenses under the foregoing regulations."
SAE members, volunteers and authors should regularly monitor the U.S. Export Control Laws. SAE reserves the right to update this page and SAE's policies and procedures as necessary. This summary is for purposes of convenience only and is not an authoritative summary of U.S. Export Control Laws.