The Government of India has been in pursuance of strengthening its strategic trade controls system by harmonizing it with international best practices and in consonance the multilateral export control regimes. Indeed, India was admitted as a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime in June 2016, and is now closely engaged with the Wassenaar Arrangement, Nuclear Suppliers Group and Australia Group with a view to membership in the near future.
In light of this, India has now achieved full scope adherence to the four regimes as it has completely harmonized its national control list, guidelines and regulations with the corresponding elements of the regimes. In this context the Government of India has made a number of changes to the Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) list and related regulations as notified in Directorate General of Foreign Trade's Notification No. 5 dated April 24, 2017. The changes came into effect on May 1, 2017. The SCOMET list has been reissued and consolidated and amendments have been made to the SCOMET categories as well as the related regulations and procedures, having implications for the dual-use and defence industry engaged in exports.