SAE International Enhances Global Counterfeit Parts Standard with release of AS5553A
SAE International announces the first revision to its counterfeit parts avoidance technical standard “AS5553 Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition.” This new revision in particular provides terminology references and reporting mechanisms to facilitate the flow-down of the standard globally.
Since 2009 the issue of fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts has been more heavily reported in the press. There have been reports of such parts being found in critical systems in military aircraft and equipment. Government funded research presenting statistics on the scope show the magnitude of the issue, leading to new legislation, criminal convictions and an upward trend of fraudulent/counterfeit activity being reported.
AS5553A was developed and released by SAE International’s G-19CI (Continuous Improvement) Committee and supported by the SAE Aerospace Standards Europe office. G-19CI members comprise experts from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, China and Japan; working in a variety of agencies and sections of the supply chain, including the UK Ministry of Defence, US Department of Defense, Primes, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Original Component Manufacturers, distributors and related industry working groups, to name a few. The original standard was released in 2009 and caters for avionics and all high-reliability electronics applications.
Sarah Skinner, the Chair of the G-19CI Committee, is Supply Chain & Solutions Manager at Selex ES, a Finnmeccanica company based in the UK. “The UK and Europe are becoming more aware of the problems fraudulent/counterfeit parts pose and there are various local efforts to promote awareness and avoidance,” she said. “The publication of the revision is a significant milestone for the SAE anti-counterfeit standards effort which sees over two years of work from the G-19CI volunteers coming to fruition. I look forward to the day when other industries internationally are using the standard and we can start to see more mature international collaboration on the subject.”
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