Counterfeit Parts

Two aerospace standards have been published on fraudulent or counterfeit parts: AS5553:2013 (Revision A) for organizations that procure and/or use electronic parts and AS6081:2012 for distributors of electronic parts.

AS5553A:2013, Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition

AS5553 is for use by organizations that procure and/or integrate electronic parts and/or assemblies containing such items. The requirements of this standard are generic and intended to be applied/flowed down through the supply chain to all organizations that procure electronic parts and/or assemblies, regardless of type, size and product provided.

The mitigation of fraudulent/counterfeit Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) parts in this standard is risk-based and will vary depending on the desired performance or reliability of the equipment/hardware.

AS6081:2012, Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition – Distributors

AS6081 standardizes practices to:

  • Identify reliable sources to procure parts
  • Assess and mitigate risk of distributing fraudulent/counterfeit parts
  • Control suspect or confirmed fraudulent/counterfeit parts
  • Report suspect and confirmed fraudulent/counterfeit parts to other potential users and the “authority having jurisdiction”

AS5553A:2013 and AS6081:2012 can each be ordered for $68.00 at the SAE web site.