One of the provisions of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS Case 2012-D055) rule regards the training of personnel in counterfeit-avoidance processes. Although DFARS is targeted at contractors and subcontractors of the U.S. Department of Defense, the rule also specifies the flow-down of these techniques through all tiers of the supply chain. In the electronics industry, that means distributors, component suppliers and service providers of all kinds.
The IPC industry association recently developed a training video on this subject for operator / inspection level personnel. A promotional copy of DVD-166C is available at:
Note you can also link from this promo to a free / complete online review.
The ECIA, a trade association for component makers and distributors, has outlined the minimum requirements for counterfeit avoidance and risk assessment under the new DFARS rule. They are:
- The training of personnel.
- The inspection and testing of electronic parts, including criteria for acceptance and rejection.
- Processes to abolish counterfeit parts proliferation.
- Processes for maintaining electronic part traceability.
- Use of suppliers that are the original manufacturer, sources with the express written authority of the original manufacturer or current design activity, including an authorized aftermarket manufacturer or suppliers that obtain parts exclusively from one or more of these sources.
- The reporting and quarantining of counterfeit electronic parts and suspect counterfeit electronic parts.
- Methodologies to identify suspect counterfeit electronic parts and to rapidly determine if a suspect counterfeit electronic part is, in fact, counterfeit.
- Design, operation, and maintenance of systems to detect and avoid counterfeit electronic parts and suspect counterfeit electronic parts.
- Flow down of counterfeit detection and avoidance requirements.
- Process for keeping continually informed of current counterfeiting information and trends.
- Process for screening the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) reports and other credible sources of counterfeiting information.
- Control of obsolete electronic parts.