In its December 2012 newsletter, the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) discusses activity to address “Counterfeit and suspected unapproved parts”:
AS9110, Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation Maintenance Organizations. AS9110 is identified by IAQG as a key enabler that has driven it to cascade counterfeit and suspected unapproved parts requirements (see page 4).
Supply Chain Management Handbook (SCMH). The IAQG reports that the SCMH will include material on “Counterfeit & Suspect Unapproved Parts Prevention” (see page 6).
A compelling need exists for Quality Management System Standards, such as AS9100, and associated supplier certifications programs to embrace key tenets of counterfeit parts avoidance and detection to drive “counterfeit prevention” practices throughout the supply chain and compliment new legislation and forthcoming regulations. I reiterate my closing remarks to an essay I published a year ago on this subject …
The facts of life today are (1) counterfeits continue to escape though many of the suppliers that allowed these escapes are certified to QMS standards, (2) the counterfeit parts problem continues to grow, (3) Congress found the need to legislate a solution to the problem for DOD, and (4) QMS standards activities and certification programs have yet to engage on the problem and embrace key tenets necessary to deal with it. Given that counterfeit avoidance and detection is now required of DOD and its contractors by law, I believe it is the civic duty of standards bodies and associated committees to drive these requirements into QMS standards and associated supplier certification requirements.