SAE AS5553 & AS5553A Aerospace Standards: Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition


This standard was originally created in response to a significant and increasing volume of fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts entering the aerospace supply chain, posing significant performance, reliability and safety risks. This document has subsequently been expanded to address fraudulent/counterfeit risk mitigation on a global scale across multi-sector electronic supply chain industries and to provide uniform requirements, practices and methods to mitigate the risks of receiving and installing fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts.

To meet customer requirements, electronics industry organizations must produce, and continually improve, safe and reliable products that meet or exceed customer and regulatory authority requirements. The globalization of the aerospace industry and the resulting diversity of regional/national requirements and expectations have complicated this objective. End-product organizations face the challenge of assuring the quality and integration of products purchased from suppliers throughout the world and at all levels within the supply chain. Aerospace suppliers and processors face the challenge of
delivering a product to multiple customers having varying quality expectations and requirements.


This SAE Aerospace Standard standardizes practices to:

1. Maximize availability of authentic parts

2. Procure parts from reliable sources

3. Assure authenticity and conformance of procured parts

4. Control suspect or confirmed fraudulent/counterfeit EEE parts

5. Report suspect or confirmed fraudulent/counterfeit EEE parts to other potential users and Authority Having Jurisdiction.

6. Assess, mitigate, control, and report parts which have been used, refurbished, or reclaimed, but represented as new product.