Trusted Research update: changes to technologies requiring an export control licence

April 23rd, 2024

The UK Government has issued an updated UK Strategic Control List, introducing additional export control measures related to certain emerging technologies. These amendments came into force on April 1, 2024, and now require an export license from the UK for the export of such technologies to all destinations.

The emerging technologies currently include quantum technologies, cryogenic technologies, semiconductor technologies, additive manufacturing equipment, and advanced materials.

The Trusted Research team in Research and Innovation is working with colleagues at the university who may be affected by these new measures, while also collaborating with government bodies including the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) and other universities to minimise the operational impact of these requirements.

Jason Feehily, Head of Trusted Research, explained, “We are currently reviewing all potentially affected current projects in accordance with the detailed guidance.

“As part of this process, we will conduct an impact assessment, develop a mitigation plan, and offer additional advice sessions to individuals or groups affected by these changes. The new measures will apply to all affected current projects and may require some to be looked at retrospectively.

“If you have any doubts or questions regarding these changes in relation to your projects, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the team, and we will provide all necessary support. This could include joining your team meetings, delivering tailored training, or simply offering greater clarity on this complex legislative area.

“While we understand that these new measures may entail additional administrative work, we recognise the importance of compliance. At the University of Nottingham, we have a clear strategy and action plan to minimise disruption. Nevertheless, I encourage anyone who believes they may be affected or who has concerns to contact us.”

Requirements related to Trusted Research at the university have also been impacted by recent updates to the terms and conditions from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). These updates mean that before starting any project, it may now be necessary to provide UKRI with additional information regarding how risks associated with Trusted Research and Innovation are being considered and managed.

But again, the Trusted Research Team on are hand to provide support and guidance as Jason stated “If you require any support to help with your grant, please contact the team.

“Additionally, we have prepared some standardised text regarding how the UoN Trusted Research framework may be used in your bid application”.

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