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How to Improve Export Compliance with Effective Audits

All participants will receive a questionnaire for use in developing auditing tools!

Both State and Commerce Departments recommend and expect regular audits as part of their compliance program guidelines. Despite their negative image, export compliance audits are one of the most effective tools for improving and validating your compliance program. Whenever possible, audits should not be about digging to see how many violations you can find. Instead, audits should strive to find the weaknesses in your compliance program and spot clear options for making cost-effective improvements.

The Export Compliance Training Institute is pleased to announce that Felice Laird will use her 30 years of export compliance experience to lead a practical and instructive webinar on what you need to know about audits.

Outline of the webinar:

  • Vocabulary—what is the difference between a self-audit, government audit, outside audit, desk audit, and directed audit?
  • Why should a company conduct an audit?
    • Part of compliance program
    • Asked to do it by parent company or new owner
    • Asked to do it in an M&A context
    • Asked to do it by government
    • Do it before you formalize compliance program
  • BIS Audit Guidelines
  • Options for doing the audit: internal vs. external resources
  • Vetting outside law firms and consulting firms
  • How to budget and create a timetable for an audit
  • How to develop an audit module (example: What are the key areas to be audited? What methodology is going to be used? Will it involve lots of document reviews?)
  • How to figure out who to interview and which documents to review

This webinar will provide PowerPoint slides and include video and commentary from Felice Laird who is a leading export compliance auditor and educator.

Each registrant will receive a copy of the presentation, certificate of completion, and access to the webinar recording.

Computer Requirements:

Please read the Webinar Terms and Conditions before you register.

Webinar Details


April 21, 2020


1 hour 30 minutes
Comprised of 1 hour of commentary and 30 minute Q&A session



1 Participant: $150.00
2-5 Participants: $112.50 each
(25% discount for all participants)
6 or more Participants: $75.00 each
(50% discount for all participants)

ECoP® EAR or ITAR Renewal Credits


Event #: Pending
CES: 1.5
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