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Joint Certification Program: U.S. - Canada

Unclassified technical data that discloses specifications for technology considered critical by the U.S. Department of Defense and/or Canadian Department of National Defense are subject to Export Control regulations.

This means access to unclassified technical data may not be exported outside of the U.S. without an approval authorization or license under U.S. or Canadian export control laws.  This also means that you cannot share any unclassified technical data to which you have access with any foreign nationals in the U.S.

To facilitate authorization requests, the U.S. and Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 1985 that established the U.S. - Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP).  The JCP "certifies access to unclassified technical data on an equally favorable basis to contractors of each country" through the U.S-Canada Joint Certification Office (JCO), which is located in the Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS).  For University of Michigan (U-M) researchers, a JCP authorization is required when you plan to attend a meeting or a conference where unclassified technical data will be shared, used, or disclosed.

Regulations & Definitions

Unclassified technical data is defined by the U.S. Defense Directive 5230.25 and by the Canadian Technical Data Control Regulations to include any of the following:

  • Technical data with military or space application
  • Blueprints, drawings, plans, instructions, computer software or documentation
  • Other technical information that can be used (or be adapted for use) to design, engineer, produce, manufacture, operate, repair, overhaul, or reproduce any military or space equipment or technology concerning such equipment 

Approval Process

U-M maintains an approved Military Critical Technical Agreement (Form DD2345) with the JCO.  Always work with the U-M Export Control Officer prior to attending a meeting/conference where unclassified technical data will be disclosed to:

  • Confirm your need of JCO approval 
  • Obtain U-M's JCP certification number for use on meeting/conference registration forms, etc.
  • Establish a Technology Control Plan (TCP) for the receipt and management of any export controlled data or materials from the meeting/conference

U-M's preferred process is to have the meeting/conference organizers mail the unclassified technical data to the U-M Export Control Officer to ensure appropriate access, per the investigator's TCP.  If you bring any unclassified technical data, or any material labeled "export controlled" back with you from a meeting/conference, contact the U-M Export Control Officer for guidance.


Krista Campeau
Export Control Officer 
(734) 615-0672