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IPC Educational Outreach Clarifying ITAR Regulation of Printed Boards Headed to IPC Midwest

Aug 02, 2012

On August 22, IPC and the Chicagoland Circuit Board Association (CCBA) will host a meeting at IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition on IPC’s new educational campaign, Follow the Law, Protect the Board. Launched last week in Washington, D.C., the campaign was developed to raise awareness and compliance with federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulation of printed boards and their designs.

At the meeting, “ITAR and Export Controls for Printed Boards: Follow the Law,” IPC Midwest attendees and CCBA members will be briefed on the six-month educational campaign which features outreach to the greater electronics, defense and aerospace manufacturing industries to educate these communities about how export control rules apply to printed boards and PCB designs.

At the core of the campaign is a white paper, Applicability of U.S. Defense Trade Controls to Printed Boards, written by Peter Lichtenbaum, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. A partner at Covington & Burling LLP and one of the nation’s foremost ITAR experts, Lichtenbaum was commissioned by IPC to explain in plain language and with concrete examples companies’ ITAR obligations with respect to printed boards.

Meeting attendees will also learn about key issues and changes in U.S. export control regulations and gain insight into the administration’s initiative to reform the U.S. export control system.

The IPC/CCBA meeting follows the campaign’s July 25 launch in D.C. IPC members and staff met with members of Congress and officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce as well as the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) of the Department of Defense to explain the campaign and to relay the importance of printed board protection to national security. IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, who was in D.C. to meet with policymakers and regulators explains, “Because this issue impacts national security, it is critical that we act now to raise awareness of current regulations with a comprehensive national outreach effort that will ultimately increase compliance.”

Additional outreach events will be held in the coming months. In September, a Washington, D.C. roundtable will be held for senior export control officials at leading defense OEMs. On October 3, IPC will hold a full-day event, ITAR/EAR Compliance for PCB Manufacturers Workshop — Complying with U.S. Export Controls, in Irvine, Calif. IPC’s efforts will culminate in February at IPC APEX EXPO® 2013 in San Diego, Calif.
The meeting on August 22 at IPC Midwest is free to all registrants and Chicagoland Circuit Board Association members. To register, visit For more information on IPC’s educational initiative, Follow the Law, Protect the Board, or IPC initiatives in the area of export controls, visit or contact Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations & environmental policy, at

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,100 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2.02 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.

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