Some my colleagues recently expressed interest in a gap analysis I performed concerning counterfeit parts avoidance and detection standards. I initially prepared this gap analysis in 2009 (after the release of AS5553) and recently updated it to include new SAE documents and to remove others that are now obsolete.
Here are my observations from this gap analysis …
- Siginificant coverage in lower level standards for electronic parts
- Limited coverage in lower level standards for other parts and materials
- Poor coverage in high level standards for Quality Management Systems (QMS); QMS standards do not require key elements required for a robust counterfeit avoidance program
Standards gaps continue to present industry producers and government users with significant implementation challenges. The presence of requirements in QMS standards and associated certification programs would encourage implementation a robust counterfeit avoidance program throughout the supply chain. Sadly, organizations involved in maintaining key US and international QMS standards have yet to embed these requirements into QMS standards and supplier certification programs.
Updated 3/27/2013 – added Proposed IEC/TS 62668-2
Updated 3/26/2013 – comment about AS5553A superseding IEC/TS 62668-1 was incorrect; IEC does not plan to supersede IEC/TS-62668-1 with AS5553A or otherwise adopt AS5553A; other additional IEC documents are being developed.
Updated 3/8/2013 – gap analysis table updates work in process re ‘authorized distribution’; see proposed ‘AS7777’