Request a knowledge embargo exemption for technical and nuclear studies

The Dutch education system offers knowledge that countries could use to produce nuclear weapons. And knowledge on what are known as ‘means of delivery’, or means of transporting nuclear weapons (such as rockets). The UN requires countries to prevent this knowledge ending up in the hands of North Korea. If you would like to access these fields, as a master’s student or researcher for instance, you must request an exemption, known as the ‘knowledge embargo exemption’.

Last updated on 27 May 2021

What subjects does the knowledge embargo exemption cover?

The North Korea Sanctions Order 2017 (in Dutch) provides a minimum list of fields that require an exemption. One example would be physics or nuclear reactors (Technical University of Delft).

Request a knowledge embargo exemption for certain technical and nuclear studies

You may request a knowledge embargo exemption from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Please use the application form for knowledge embargo exemption.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Regulation on sanctions against North Korea 2007

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