The so-called Dual-Use List of Goods represents an international standardised list of goods which allows and/or regulates the control of dual-use goods. "Dual-use goods" are products, including technologies, that can be used for both civil and military purposes. The export of said product from Switzerland may be subject to a license requirement. Such licences will be refused if the respective goods could be used in order to create nuclear, chemical or biological weapons or their launcher system. Thereby, the control of such goods aims to guarantee global security.

Pursuant to agreements of all relevant international export control regimes, the Swiss Regulation on Control of Goods (RCG) will now be amended and adjusted editorially and structurally. These amendments are expected to enter into force on 1st of March, 2016.

On 11th of January, 2016, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) published a non-binding list named "Changes Dual-Use Control Parameter 2016" pointing out the upcoming changes. In addition, SECO published a modified goods control list "Revision of List 2016, Attachments 1 + 2 GKV Dual-Use" that will enter into force on 1st of March, 2016.

In conclusion, it is highly recommended to first consult the non-binding list named "Changes Dual-Use Control Parameter 2016" and if affected, to further study the amended list called "Revision of List 2016, Attachments 1 + 2 GKV Dual-List" more precisely and to subsequently create a new classification of goods.