ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) | ITAR Compliance Certification
ITAR Compliance Services
FLANK offers comprehensive consulting services and solutions for International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance for businesses in North America and Europe. The United States government requires all manufacturers, exporters, and all other applicable defense parties be ITAR compliant, which carries with it enormous compliance responsibilities. While some of the ITAR provisions are straightforward, there’s also a lack of clarity and transparency when it comes to actually complying with the ITAR mandates themselves. The phrases “ITAR Certified” and “ITAR Compliance” or “ITAR Compliant” are often used in the marketplace, creating a sense of confusion at times as to what really constitutes compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Keep in mind that throughout the actual ITAR regulations, the notion of “certification” is not present, nor does ITAR discuss various audits that must be undertaken.
Rather, ITAR requires some prescriptive mandates for being in compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations, along with general provisions also for becoming ITAR compliant. Here’s what you need to know about International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance.
ITAR PART 122—Registration of Manufacturers and Importers
This is the most prescriptive – and mandated element of ITAR compliance – the registration process, for which:
Any person who engages in the United States in the business of manufacturing or exporting or temporarily importing defense articles, or furnishing defense services, is required to register with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls under §122.2. For the purpose of this subchapter, engaging in such a business requires only one occasion of manufacturing or exporting or temporarily importing a defense article or furnishing a defense service. A manufacturer who does not engage in exporting must nevertheless register.
Other ITAR compliance mandates consist of ensuring your organization has an “empowering official” in place for managing and facilitating critical ITAR provisions, training employees on ITAR specific initiatives, along with developing all necessary policies and procedures, and more. The U.S. State Department has compiled a list of items in regards to an organization’s operational compliance programs relating to ITAR compliance.
Providers of Comprehensive ITAR Services and Solutions
FLANK provides comprehensive ITAR services, ranging from readiness assessments for helping businesses assess and evaluate ITAR compliance, to in-depth policy and procedure writing, employee training, and much more.
Additionally, what’s without question one of the most demanding aspects of ITAR compliance is documentation – the need for well-written, professionally developed security policies – and that’s where FLANK has years of experience. We’ve been working with businesses all throughout North America – and the world – in researching and authoring the very best security policies – and when it comes to ITAR compliance – such documentation is greatly needed, no question about it.
Some of the most demanding and time-consuming aspects of ITAR compliance is developing the necessary information security policies and procedures documentation – a time-consuming task indeed. With today’s growing cybersecurity threat and challenges, compliance with ITAR is now more important than ever, so contact us today to learn more about our ITAR compliance services and solutions.