WASHINGTON -- New regulations for Military Electronics (Category XI) that go into effect next week will reportedly clarify ITAR controls on printed circuit boards, IPC says. 

As reported by PCD&F in July, the regulations streamline US export controls on certain military electronics by shifting less sensitive equipment, parts, and components from Category XI of the US Munitions List to the Department of Commerce's Commerce Control List.

The changes will take effect on Dec. 30, 2014. The changes, part of President Obama's Export Control Reform Initiative, are said to enhance national security by increasing interoperability with close allies and partners, the Bureau of Industry and Security said in an announcement. The changes are also said to reduce incentive

The changes to the US Munitions List, as regulated through the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, states that printed circuit boards "specially designed” for defense-related purposes will be controlled under USML Category XI. Additionally, any designs or digital data related to “specially designed” PCBs will be controlled as technical data.

The rule was supported by various trade groups including IPC, which says it clarifies and highlights the importance of ITAR on PCBs in ITAR-controlled defense articles. "This clarity represents a significant step in addressing the confusion in the defense industry about ITAR controls on PCBs, which should reduce inappropriate sourcing of printed boards for ITAR items from non-ITAR facilities," IPC said.

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