export-controls 11 October 2017

EU publishes dual-use list update

The European Union published updates to its dual-use list on 6 October. The changes bring the list into line with ‘the decisions taken within the framework of the international non-proliferation regimes and export control arrangements in 2016’.

In an explanatory document, it says most of this year’s changes result from amendments ‘that were agreed in the Wassenaar Arrangement, including

  • An updated list of acronyms and abbreviations;
  • New definitions for “biological agents” (Category 1), “Monolithic Microwave Integrate Circuit” (MMIC) (Categories 3 and 5) and “authentication” (Category 5 Part 2). The definition of “adapted for use in war” (Category 1) was removed;
  • The restructuring of Category 5 Part 2 into a more positive control list of dual-use information security items continued. Note 4 (decontrol note to Category 5, Part 2) was removed, and is now incorporated in the 5A002.a. control entry; and
  • The addition of new (sub-entry) controls in Category 3 for integrated circuits with analogue-to-digital converters (3A001.a.14.) and for MMIC transmit/receive modules (3A001.b.12.), and in Category 6 for certain lasers (6A005).’

A full breakdown of the changes is at: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2017/october/tradoc_156133.pdf