The formation of the USNC/IECQ Distributors Advisory Group (“DAG”) was driven by the lack of International Conformity Assessment within the Defense & Aerospace industry with regards to counterfeit components entering the supply chain. Lloyd Condra, Chairman of the USNC/IECQ IAB, Convener TC 107 and Senior Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company was instrumental in forming USNC/IECQ DAG. As Chairman of the USNC/IECQ IAB, which the DAG operates under, Lloyd Condra understands the national and international network in which the IEC IECQ System operates.
Producing, implementing and performing conformity assessment on new international standards is a monumental task. SAE has done the heavy lifting with respect to producing the new AS5553 and AS6081 standards. The G-19 group will ultimately let industry choose which conformity assessment program to use. Once SAE releases the AS6081 & AS5553 standards, any certification body can certify to these new accepted standards.
Other groups such as IDEA & CCAP-101, have developed certification systems of their own whereas DAG is aligned with the USNC/IECQ, who have extensive experience implementing and overseeing international conformity assessment standards. DAG’s strategic partnership with USNC/IECQ will provide DAG members with direct access to an independent and internationally recognized standards organization. Having USNC/IECQ as a resource will be critical as DAG members seek to conform with and implement the new AS6081 standard.
Through the support of the IEC, whose membership consists of more than 60 participating countries, DAG was formed and mission was clear. Specifically, the mission of DAG is to work in tandem with USNC/IECQ to create and implement a credible international certification process that results in safe, reliable and authentic components entering the supply chain.
We can have many standards written by many interested parties and stakeholders, or we can band together to create a single internationally accepted standard. DAG members will have access to ANSI/USNC activities, will participate in national and international IEC IECQ activities and will work to form the International Counterfeit Avoidance Mark Alliance Corporation.
DAG is a unique, strategic and forward-thinking group. Distributors must be part of the counterfeit avoidance conversation. DAG, by aligning with USNC/IECQ, has positioned itself as an important voice and partner in the effort to protect the supply chain from counterfeits.