Counterfeit Parts and Quality Management Systems

Counterfeit Parts

Counterfeit Parts and Quality Management Systems (QMS)

AS9100 and AS5553, provide a Quality Management System (QMS) approach to the problem of counterfeit parts for the aviation, space, and defense industries.  Unfortunately, counterfeit parts threaten every sector of manufacturing, most especially the electronics industry.

Counterfeit Parts pose a Threat to OEMs

The best product design is only as good as its implementation.  Counterfeit parts can cause failures of products causing injury and even death.  This therefore creates huge levels of liabilities for manufactures.

They can also create Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/EMC) issues rendering a once compliant product non-compliant.  While much has been accomplished by distributors of components to control the problem of items made frauduently in recent years, the danger is still very present and costs industries billions of dollars each year.

Applicable Quality Management Systems

AS9100 is the overall QMS system for the aerospace and defense sector.  It defines a QMS model that while compatible with ISO 9001 adds requirements relevant to the industry such as Counterfeit Parts, Human Factors and Product Safety.

AS5553 – Counterfeit Electronics Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation and Disposition was created in 2009.  It provides for OEMs, methods, requirements, and practices for parts management, supplier management, procurement, inspection, test/evaluation, and response strategies.

Counterfeit Part QMS Solutions for Commercial OEMs

For OEMs outside of the purview of these standards there is an answer.  Because ISO 9001:2015 provides flexibility in implementation for the specific requirements of a company, it allows for creation of stricter traceability requirements in the procurement process.   This means  AS5553 can be implemented to the unique requirements of any OEM.  In conclusion the risk of counterfeit parts poses a threat to manufacturers in all sectors.  A well designed Quality Management System can identify such risks and mitigate counterfeit components from your products.

CVG Strategy

Our Exemplar Global Lead Auditor Consultants can help you with implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) to address counterfeit parts.  CVG Strategy has prepared, trained and implemented quality management systems for manufacturing companies in the past 10 years.

CVG Strategy is a consultancy offering coaching, mentoring, training and program development focused on areas including Business Process Improvement, ITAR and Export Compliance, Cyber Security and Product Test and Evaluation.  For any additional questions, please contact us now!

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