In June, the U.S. Department of the Navy released the "Counterfeit Materiel Process Guidebook, Guidelines for Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeit Materiel in the Supply Chain". As stated within, the purpose of the guidebook "is to equip DON activities with a practical tool for implementing a risk-based counterfeit materiel prevention program and provide implementing guidance to address the requirements delineated in the DON policy.
Bob Bodemuller, Lockheed Martin Missiles and & Fire Control (MFC)
Since the original passage of Section 818 in the 2012 NDAA we have all been on the counterfeit mitigation/avoidance roller coaster. First the law was passed and we awaited the first DFARS. Finally, the first DFARS case was open for public comment and industry provided a large amount of feedback and suggestions regarding how the DFARS could affect industry. Next we waited with anticipation to see what the result would be.
As many of you know, ERAI staff is involved in the industry standards development process, specifically through SAE International. As a whole, SAE standards are developed to “ensure the safety, quality, and effectiveness of products and services”. While many of these standards tend to focus on aerospace, automotive, defense and other critical sectors, most are drafted to encompass general processes throughout multiple industries on an international level. Many are designed with a specific focus on an activity (e.g. distribution, manufacturing, integration) and material (e.g. EEE parts, counterfeit part mitigation).
Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Their Impact on Supply Chains examines how these items are negatively affecting the aviation, spacecraft, and defense sectors and what can be done about it.
The accidental circulation of counterfeit goods is a very real issue facing distributors today and one that can potentially produce significant legal and economic consequences. It is vital for distributors to understand the risk of accidentally distributing counterfeit goods, how to minimize that risk and what will happen if those risks are not addressed.