Counterfeit Policy & Prevention

Camptech PCB manufacturing

The Importance of Parts Counterfeit Prevention

With the increasing pervasiveness of counterfeiting, we need to be aware of how to avoid, mitigate and control our exposure to counterfeit components.

This training material aims to raise awareness of:

  • The risks and impacts of counterfeit parts infiltrating the supply chain.
  • Best practices to eliminate or mitigate those risks
  • Camptech counterfeit prevention requirements for suppliers

Anti-Counterfeit Policy

To avoid purchasing unapproved, suspect, or counterfeit parts, Camptech will purchase components directly from:

  • Original Component Manufacturers (OCM)
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)
  • Authorized Franchised Distributors
  • Authorized After-Market Manufacturers

We require our vendors to provide the following documents with any purchased components.

  • Certificate of Conformance back to the OEM or OCM
  • Supply Chain Traceability and Ownership
  • Product specification tests and inspection requirements as requested

Suppliers are selected by using a variety of criteria, including inspection procedures for counterfeit detection. Criteria used to assess supplier compliance for counterfeit avoidance includes:

  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • AS9100 Certification
  • AS5553 compliance (Counterfeit Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition)
  • AS6081 compliance (Fraudulent/Counterfeit electronic parts: avoidance, detection, and disposition)

Strategies to Eliminate Counterfeit

  • Avoidance
  • Detection
  • Mitigation

Counterfeit Avoidance

Counterfeit Detection

Factors to watch out for

  • Source other than OCM or authorized sources
  • From suspect locations (e.g., China)
  • Price too low or price is significantly different from the previous purchase price
  • Scarce items are suddenly available
  • Chain of ownership unverifiable
  • No certificate of conformance
  • Obsolete item
  • Unknown supplier
  • Non-homogeneous lot
  • Prohibited materials present

Item marking issues

  • Markings do not match similar items
  • Alterations/resurfacing
  • Incomplete markings
  • Wrong size/location/methods
  • Quality difference in marking
  • Lot number/date code issue

Counterfeit Mitigation

When there is no documentation for the chain of custody or traceability, then we:

  • Quarantine
  • Test & Verify