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SAE AS6081: Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, & Disposition

What is AS6081?

Counterfeit electronic components have caused significant issues within the electronics industry, and because of this many standards have been developed to deal with these issues. SAE, via their G19 committee, has created the most widely accepted standards to mitigate counterfeit issues.

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Organizations that are concerned with, or required to mitigate the risk of counterfeits become AS5553 certified, which helps guide organizations on methods to avoid and detect counterfeits. A sister standard was also developed, AS6081. This standard was created for independent distributors to comply with an AS5553.

Important information regarding AS6081:

  • AS6081 is similar to AS5553, but it contains prescriptive counterfeit parts avoidance requirements intended for distributors that purchase from the open market.
  • Requires specific minimum set of Verification of Purchased Product methods
  • AS6081 is not intended to qualify or certify the electronic parts
  • OEMs can specify their suppliers comply or be certified to AS6081 and meet selected flow-down requirements of AS555 
  • AS6081 requirements are intended to be applied down to the organization’s suppliers. Independent, third-party certification bodies will verify and certify an organization’s compliance to AS6081.

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