CTP experts frequently help clients create policies and procedures for export compliance under both the ITAR and EAR. Once documented and compiled in a manual, they serve thereafter as the backbone of the Export Compliance Program (ECP), the go-to resource for all staff members. Its importance cannot be overstated.
We work with client experts to tailor our customizable template to meet their specific situation: business model, product classifications, IT systems and, most importantly, compliance requirements. The manual defines various policies and organizational goals, but the essential benefit comes from the specific procedures. For each requirement, we work with client experts who know the existing company SOPs, to answer the key questions in simple, operational terms:
- What is the task?
- Where is it needed?
- When should it be done?
- What does it look like?
- Who should perform the task?
The manual customization process has two important results: 1) The company gets comprehensive guidance that is tailored to their specific needs, and 2) The experts we work with have a better understanding of the risks and requirements since they help devise the solutions. This helps foster compliance awareness and the invaluable sense of “buy in” that positively affects behavior.