Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls [CoCom] Law and Legal Definition

The Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls (CoCom) was a an informal non-treaty organization established in the first five years after the end of the First World War by the powers allied with the U.S. and NATO to limit the flow of weapons technology to the Warsaw Pact countries. The CoCom functioned till 1994 and the embargoed goods were retained by the member nations till the Wassenaar Arrangement. The instances of the compliance to the CoCom in the U.S. can be seen in the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the State Department's regulatory supervision on AECA via International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).