Comment period to open for Notice of Inquiry affecting optics and photonics export controls

A Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking public opinion about reinstating technical parameters where “specially designed” is used in export control regulations that were revised late last year was released Jan. 12th for public inspection via the Federal Register. A 60-day public comment period opened 13 January. Leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are advising the community that the level of public comment received will influence whether the wording is retained.

In addition, the NOI and other matters affecting export controls will be discussed with Department of Commerce staff during several industry program sessions at SPIE Photonics West (www.spie.org/PW/special-events/Industry-Event).