Notice to Exporters 2017/02: Changes to Export Control Order 2008

The Export Control Organisation (ECO) has amended the Export Control Order 2008. Changes have also been made to schedules 2, 3 and 5 of the order.

The new order, The Export Control (Amendment) Order 2017 (S.I. 2017 No.85), comes into force on 22 February 2017.

The amending order makes a number of changes to schedule 2 to the main order, which lists the military goods, software and technology subject to export controls. These changes reflect amendments made to the EU Common Military List following agreement to alter this list in the export control regime known as the Wassenaar Arrangement. These changes need to be incorporated into UK control lists to reflect the UK commitment to the international non-proliferation regime.

The main changes are to the definitions (see the entries for library, spacecraft and software), ML1 (note on deactivation) and text revisions to ML9, ML13, ML17 and ML21. There are also a number of minor typographical changes made throughout the control entries in the schedule. The national control (PL5017) within this schedule has been deleted (on equipment and test models).

The order itself has been amended in article 2(1) to remove the reference to the deleted national control PL5017 from the definition of European military items. Article 26 is amended to ensure that a UK licence now authorises the export or transfer of minimum technology required for the installation of goods and software listed In Schedules 2 and 3 of the order. Article 30 is deleted (registration and record keeping – information security items) together with the associated references to article 30 in articles 28, 31 and 38. The deletion of article 30 means schedule 5 (Information security Items) has also been deleted.

Schedule 3 has been amended to make some minor amendments to the controls on firearms.


A separate notice will be issued to give details of associated changes required to open general export licences.


Notice to Exporters 2017/02

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