Who must comply with export legislation?

Individual academics and researchers have obligations and responsibility to ensure legal compliance with export control legislation.

Non-compliance with export control can result in very significant financial penalties and is a serious criminal offence with custodial sentences of up to 10 years.

Principal investigators (PIs) are responsible for understanding export controls by utilising the training provided. The principal investigator must ensure members of their research team fully comply with export controls.

Researchers, particularly in science and engineering disciplines, should ensure that they:

  • Have read and understood  University of Edinburgh and UK Government guidance on export control
  • Have awareness as to whether their research area/s may be subject to export control legislation
  • Seek advice and apply for export control licences as necessary.

Export control policies and further information

How to apply for an export control licence