Avoiding counterfeit component worries

In this article, Mouser explains how tough anti-counterfeit policies help ensure electronics purchasing professionals always receive authorized, genuine products.

With the digital revolution and increase in global demand, counterfeit parts are on the rise and harder to detect. The threat of fake components entering the supply chain continues to be a growing concern. It’s more important than ever to buy from an authorized distributor with tough anti-counterfeit policies to ensure customers receive 100 per cent certified, genuine products fully traceable to each manufacturer.

The world’s leading semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers depend on authorized distributors like Mouser Electronics to help them introduce their products. At Mouser, customers can source their entire bill-of-materials, confident the products are authorized. Plus, Mouser was the electronic component industry’s first authorized distributor to receive accreditation to AS6496, the aerospace industry’s standard for anti-counterfeit measures in authorized electronic component distribution.

The AS6496 aerospace standard sets requirements for the avoidance, detection, mitigation and disposition of counterfeit products in
the authorized distribution supply chain. Mouser received AS6496 accreditation in Fall 2018 from the Performance Review Institute (PRI), as part of the Counterfeit Avoidance Accreditation Program (CAAP). The CAAP audit was based on audit criteria (AC7403) created jointly by PRI, the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) and aerospace OEM representatives. This international standard requires authorized distributors to have a counterfeit mitigation policy and a counterfeit electronics parts control plan.

Customers can order with confidence knowing that Mouser has the rigorous processes in place to prevent counterfeit products entering its inventory. Whether customers are buying online or through one of Mouser’s trained customer service representatives, Mouser has the professionals and procedures to ensure an effective and efficient supply chain, free of counterfeit or gray market products. The company strives to achieve a strong balance of speed and efficiency to consistently provide its customers with best-in-class service and a full suite of online buying tools, such as the Price & Availability Assistant.

CAAP is a cooperative industry effort to mitigate the risk of introducing counterfeit parts into the supply chain and the cost for compliance throughout the aviation, space, and defense industries. Mouser is also registered to AS9100D/ ISO 9001:2015 and ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014, the industry’s gold standards for quality, control and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. Mouser’s AS9100D/ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System adds additional aviation, space and defense industry requirements, including procedures and processes for the prevention of counterfeit parts. Registration to these standards provides customers with the confidence that Mouser is an authorized distributor of the highest quality components by providing traceability, risk management, process control, customer support, product availability and document and record control.

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