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How Export Control Reform will Impact Business IPC Offers ITAR/EAR Webinar Series this July

Jun 17, 2013

Recent and additional expected changes to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will impact electronics companies that manufacture for the aerospace and defense markets. These regulations specifically address printed boards and printed board designs and affect the entire electronics supply chain, from OEMs to printed board manufacturers and designers. This July, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® will offer an ITAR/EAR webinar series, bringing the latest information on current changes, possible upcoming changes and the impact these regulations may have on the supply chain.

On July 9, 2013, Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations and environmental policy, will present, “U.S. Export Control Reform Efforts & Next Steps: Current and Future Impacts on the Electronics Industry.” Abrams will cover the implications of export control reform (ECR) for PCB manufacturers and suppliers, status of the ECR process and when final regulations are expected to be announced and the status of IPC’s initiatives.

On July 16, Kerry Scarlott, Esq., a director at the law firm of Goulston and Storrs, will present, “The Importance of Complying with U.S. Export Controls While Reform is Underway — Lessons Learned from Recent Enforcement Actions & Tips for the Unwary.”   During the webcast, he will address change in enforcement priorities, how to make a smooth transition during the ECR process and how recent enforcement actions will impact the supply chain.

On July 23, the third and final webcast of the series, “Practical Steps for Complying with U.S. Export Controls,” Scarlott will provide information on determining which regulation applies to products, critical elements of an effective compliance program and  determining when a license is needed and how to create one that is effective.

All three webcasts will take place from 1:00 pm–2:00 pm Central Time. The cost for a single webinar is $50 for IPC members and $75 for standard industry members. A package price (all three webinars) for IPC members is $120; standard industry price is $195. For additional information or to register, visit

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,300 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 $2.17 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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