Licensing Advice

MOD – April 2012

OVERVIEW

The Ministry of Defence Form 680 (‘F680’) is used by government to consider the release by companies of information and equipment protectively marked restricted or above to foreign end users.

WHEN YOU WILL NEED AN MOD FORM 680

If you plan to release protectively marked information and equipment then MOD Form 680 approval is needed.

OTHER REASONS FOR SEEKING F680 APPROVAL

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills publish Open General Export Licences (OGELs). Some of these contain a requirement to have an MOD Form 680 approval in place before the licenses are used.For more information see the guidance on Military Goods Open General Export Licences.

MOD FORM 680 AND EXPORT LICENCE APPLICATIONS

An MOD Form 680 approval for marketing a product to a specified destination does not guarantee that an export licence will be granted for its subsequent export to that destination because MOD Form 680 and export licence applications are entirely separate procedures.For information on export control licence decision making see Assessment of export licence applications: criteria and policy.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A MOD FORM 680

All applications for F680 clearance are made online via SPIRE.You can apply for an MOD F680 using SPIRE.

WHO ASSESSES THE F680?

The F680 system is run by MOD Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Policy (ACP). Once an application is received it is circulated to specialist advisers within the MOD, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development for comment.ACP aim to respond to an application within 30 days of receiving it.Route of the MOD form 680

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR F680 APPLICATIONS

For queries about MOD Form 680 applications you can contact the desk officer in Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Policy (ACP) who normally deals with your company’s F680 applications.If you are unable to contact your desk officer, or are a new user, you can contact ACP on 020 7218 9080.

FURTHER INFORMATION

MOD Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Policy Export Licensing Casework helpline: 020 7218 9080Apply for an MOD F680 using SPIRE.