Open general export licence (cryptographic development)

Licence allowing the export of certain types of cryptographic development software and technology.



This open general export licence (OGEL) allows, subject to certain conditions and destinations, the export of certain types of cryptographic (protecting information by transforming it into an unreadable format) development software and technology.

All previous licences are revoked.

This licence is no longer available for registration on SPIRE, the export licensing system. It remains available for use by those who registered before 5 December 2019.

See the revised OGEL (cryptographic development).

Published 7 December 2011
Last updated 4 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. This open general export licence has been amended to remove Hong Kong as a permitted destination.

  2. Change in registration requirements, and clarity on who can use this licence.

  3. Licence updated and amended to reflect new contact details for the Export Control Joint Unit.

  4. Licence updated and republished to reflect amendments to the EU dual-use export control list in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 428/2009.

  5. Changes to schedule 2: Central African Republic added. Serbia and Montenegro listed as distinct countries. Note amended to confirm that Switzerland includes Liechtenstein.

  6. Removed South Sudan from list of prohibited destinations. This change will be made formally when we update the licence with other changes later in March.

  7. The version of this licence published on 6 January was incorrect - this licence does not carry a reporting requirement. Text has been amended accordingly.

  8. Updated text in 'Conditions and requirements' to reflect new reporting process in connection with the transparency initiative.

  9. First published.