General Lab Information

Conferences, Meetings, and Seminars

Laboratory staff are often invited to attend international conferences, meetings, and seminars. Attendees should be mindful of several key points related to international travel and conference/meeting/seminar attendance.

  • Individuals who are invited to attend a conference, meeting, or seminar in a comprehensively sanctioned country (Cuba, Iran, Syria, and North Korea) should be aware that such activity in a sanctioned country may be prohibited. Where attendance is permitted, speaking at such a conference is often a ‘service’ and is prohibited under Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). If you wish to attend and/or present at a conference in Cuba, Iran, Syria, or North Korea, please contact the Export Control Office,, as soon as possible for assistance.
  • Information shared or presented at a conference or meeting is generally excluded from export controls if publicly available (Public Information). Most conference presentations, pamphlets, handouts, etc. are not subject to export controls. However, if attendance at the conference is restricted or contingent on accepting a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), the information shared may not qualify as “public.” If you have questions or concerns about whether conference or meeting material is subject to export controls, please contact the Export Control Office,
  • When attending a conference or meeting overseas, attendees should also be careful not to include or discuss any proprietary, unpublished, and/or export-restricted data.

Mobile Restricted Party Screening on the go

Compliance is in the palm of your hands, seamlessly working with all major mobile devices. Whether you’re attending a conference, meeting, or seminar, compliance obligations don’t stop simply because you’re away from your office or lab. Download the Descartes Visual Compliance App from the app store on your mobile device and take Restricted Party Screening wherever you go, ensuring peace of mind by staying compliant with export regulations. More about Restricted Party Screening.