Access to controlled goods can be vital to your organization

Canada's controlled goods regulations allow your organization to possess special goods and technologies that you may need to carry out your business. Controlled goods are listed on the Canadian Export Control List under groups 2 (some items), 5 (item 5504 only) and 6 (all items). Though not deemed secret or top secret, controlled goods could be used for either civilian or military purposes and hence might pose a threat to the security of Canada. Obvious examples of controlled goods are missiles and rocket propellent, which could be used to launch a communications satellite or a warhead. More subtle are controlled goods like Kevlar®, a material that could be used to build lightweight components for commercial airlines or body armour for soldiers or insurgents. Some items are considered to be controlled goods only if they meet a specific threshold. GPS units that do not access certain restricted military bands are not considered controlled goods and can be freely purchased and used.

Canada established the Canadian Controlled Goods Directorate in 2001 to administer the Controlled Goods Program and the associated controlled goods regulations. Organizations that wish to possess controlled goods must register with the Controlled Goods Directorate and develop a local controlled goods program. This consists of:

  • Appointing a designated official who will administer the local controlled goods program and make periodic audits.
  • Writing a a security plan that details how controlled goods will be safeguarded and submitting it to the Controlled Goods Directorate.
  • Conducting security assessments of all personnel who will possess controlled goods
  • Training all assessed personnel in the proper handling of controlled goods.
  • NOTE: Only locations where controlled goods are located are subject to the controlled goods regulations. Only personnel who possess controlled goods will be security assessed. Locations where controlled goods are not located are not subject to the controlled goods regulations. Personnel who do not possess controlled goods will not be security assessed.

We have been creating local controlled goods programs for businesses and universities since 2005. We guide organizations through compliance with the controlled goods regulations and offer advice. Controlled Goods Consulting helps organizations to register with the Controlled Goods Directorate, devise a controlled goods security plan, conduct security assessments and conduct training.

The Canadian Controlled Goods Program is harmonized with the U.S. International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR). To receive ITAR items, a business or university must be registered with the Controlled Goods Directorate, even if the item is not listed in the Canadian Export Control List.,

Your initial consultation is free. We follow this up with a written quote before work begins. Our trained personell identify and creates solutions to safeguard controlled goods and technologies found in the Canadian Export Control List and the U.S. International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Non-compliance can lead to the loss of controlled goods access

You've invested time and money to establish your manufacturing and research projects. If any of them require controlled goods and technologies or ITAR items, you must adhere to the controlled goods regulations to establish a secure environment that protects them from deliberate or accidental possession by unauthorized persons. Failure to do so could revoke your registration with the Controlled Goods Directorate and cut off your ability to obtain controlled goods, putting a halt to any projects that depend on them. As well, you can be subject to fines and prosecution for failing to protect controlled goods and technologies.

Understanding your unique environment

We conduct a threat & risk assessment (see sidebar) to discover what types of controlled goods are currently being used at your facility, where they are located and how they are protected. The assessment allows us to better comprehend your situation, your personnel and your requirements as we speak with owners, managers, machine operators, programmers, researchers, shipping clerks and others in your organization who handle controlled goods. A report gives you the current state of your security along with recommendations for improvements to comply with the controlled goods regulations.

Real World Solutions

Controlled Goods Consulting works with you to create a controlled goods security plan (see sidebar) that meets your unique needs and ensures that you can carry out your business while being fully compliant with the controlled goods regulations to protect controlled goods and technologies as stipulated by the Controlled Goods Directorate. Controlled Goods and ITAR consulting We can also help you register with the Canadian Controlled Goods Directorate and make certain the proper forms are filed. In addition, Controlled Goods Consulting provides training to instruct your personnel in how to protect controlled goods based on the controlled goods regulations and the security plan for your facility.

We are ready to assist you in creating or updating a controlled goods program for your business or university. Contact us today to arrange for your free consultation and quote.

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Threat & Risk Assessment

A threat & risk assessment examines and records both physical and electronic threats and risks to controlled goods.

Threats are the likelihood that security breaches will occur and the impact of those breaches, as in using an unlocked shed to store a complete unmanned aerial vehicle system that could have dual civilian and military uses. Risks are the effectiveness of the current safeguards to protect controlled goods and the vulnerabilities of those efforts, such as whether or not the windows in a lab containing ammonium perchlorate are protected with alarms.

Threat & risk assessments take into account the particular facility being examined. The open campus of a university will have different needs and challenges than a manufacturing site protected by a perimeter fence and video surveillance.

Security Plan

Protecting Controlled GoodsSecurity plans are typically 75 to 100 pages in length and cover the security measures required to protect controlled goods. Security plans also give the details of how the organization will establish, execute and monitor its controlled goods program.

Security plans address three types of access to controlled goods and technologies:

  • Examination
    • Investigating them
  • Possession
    • The physical control or intent to gain control of them
  • Transfer
    • Disposal or disclosure of their contents