IAQG and “Counterfeit & Suspect Unapproved Parts Prevention”

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.


3 thoughts on “IAQG and “Counterfeit & Suspect Unapproved Parts Prevention”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Henry: Your remarks are very candid and meaningful. As you already know I have been upset that we don’t have a system or an approved source in general for establishing these meaningful guidelines as presented in AS9100. The closest and most meaningful that I have come across is “CCAP 101” which was written by Leon Hamiter who owns and operates CTI in Huntsville, AL. Leon established these guidelines several years ago and it was intended to be used by those organizations supplying components for the Mil/Aero industries. These specs, as written are as close fulfilling the AS9100 requirements as any I have seen.

  2. Hello Henry,
    Since writing your statement a year ago, do you believe that a standard such as AS9100 should still add in counterfeit avoidance procedures or just point to AS6081? It seems to me that adding the types of requirements, like AS6081’s, would be difficult to add to existing aerospace standards and is not needed now with the release of AS6081.

    • Bob,

      Re “do you believe that a standard such as AS9100 should still add in counterfeit avoidance procedures…?”

      Yes, I do. QMS standards such as AS9100 should, in my view, describe requirements for counterfeit avoidance and detection at a high level and defer to lower level standards (AS5553, AS6174, AS6081, etc.) for the detailed requirements for all levels of the supply chain.

      I think this is necessary to drive consistent expectations and behavior throughout the supply chain and to level the playing field.

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