ThomasNet News Logo
Sign Up | Log In | ThomasNet Home | Promote Your Business

IPC supports explicit listing of printed boards in USML.

Print | 
Email |  Comment   Share  
December 3, 2012 - According to IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, the explicit listing of printed boards in U.S. Department's proposed revisions to Category XI (electronics) U.S. Munitions List published in the Federal Register is an important step in the right direction. For more than a year, IPC has strongly urged the government to clarify International Traffic in Arms Regulations controls on printed boards through explicit enumeration on USML.

State Department Draft Rulemakings Explicitly List Printed Boards in Category XI - Military Electronics

(Archive News Story - Products mentioned in this Archive News Story may or may not be available from the manufacturer.)

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
3000 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL, 60015

Press release date: November 29, 2012

IPC Views as a Preliminary but Significant Achievement

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, — The explicit listing of printed boards in the U.S. State Department’s proposed revisions to the Category XI (electronics) U.S. Munitions List (USML) published yesterday in the Federal Register is, “an important step in the right direction,” said IPC President & CEO John Mitchell. For more than a year, IPC has strongly urged the government to clarify International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) controls on printed boards through explicit enumeration on the USML. IPC has previously identified Category XI as the most appropriate place to regulate printed boards for USML-listed items.

“IPC appreciates that the State Department shares our view that ITAR’s regulation of printed boards should be clearer,” stated Mitchell. “The electronics manufacturing industry, in turn, supports the State Department’s decision to control printed boards for ITAR covered defense articles in Category XI.”

While the draft rule represents real progress for IPC and its member companies, Mitchell adds that IPC will be submitting formal comments to the State Department on ways the rule could be made clearer. The draft rule identifies printed boards “specially designed” for defense articles, but in fact, all printed boards are “specially designed.” The inclusion of the term “specially designed” in reference to printed boards mistakenly implies the existence of commercial off the shelf (COTS) printed boards.

“We are concerned that this language could perpetuate the erroneous belief among some in the defense industry of the existence of non-specially designed PCBs for ITAR items that would not be controlled by ITAR,” says Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations and environmental policy.

Before the Federal Register deadline of January 28, 2013, IPC will submit comments to the State Department on the proposed revisions. After which, IPC will post a link to its comments at as well as in an upcoming issue of IPC Outlook.

Information on IPC’s advocacy efforts in the area of export controls is available at This includes details on an IPC educational initiative, Follow the Law, Protect the Board, which launched in 2012 to clarify the importance of controlling printed boards designed for ITAR controlled items.

IPC will also host a free BUZZ session “Export Controls: Understanding ITAR and its Reform,” at IPC APEX EXPO 2013 on February 20. To register, visit

About IPC
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 $2.02 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.
Print | 
Email |  Comment   Share  
Contacts: View detailed contact information.


Post a comment about this story

(your e-mail address will not be posted)
Comment title:
To submit comment, enter the security code shown below and press 'Post Comment'.

 See related product stories
More .....
 See more product news in:
 More New Product News from this company:
Scientific RoHS Revision Decision was praised by IPC.
More ....
| Featured Manufacturing Jobs
 Other News from this company:
World PCB Production in 2013 Estimated At $59.4 Billion
RAMI Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen Visits Heller Industries in New Jersey
IPC Conducts Study to Assess North American Labor Pool for Electronics Manufacturers
Electronics Assembly Standards IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Updated
More ....
 Tools for you
Watch Company 
View Company Profile
Company web site
More news from this company
E-mail this story to a friend
Save Story
Search for suppliers of
Trade Associations

Home  |  My ThomasNet News®  |  Industry Market Trends®  |  Submit Release  |  Advertise  |  Contact News  |  About Us
Brought to you by        Browse ThomasNet Directory

Copyright © 2014 Thomas Publishing Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Use - Privacy Policy

Error close

Please enter a valid email address