AS6496 : Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition - Authorized/Franchised Distribution


1. Counterfeit Mitigation Policy – The Organization’s top management shall define and document its policy intended to prevent the purchase, acceptance, and distribution of Fraudulent/Counterfeit Parts. 

2. Counterfeit Electronic Parts Control Plan – The Organization shall develop and implement a Counterfeit Electronic Parts Control Plan that documents its processes
used for risk mitigation, disposition, and reporting of suspected and confirmed Counterfeit Parts.

3. Customer Related Processes – The Organization shall disclose in writing at the time of quotation if it is not authorized for the item(s) being quoted. If authorization is terminated prior to the performance of the Customer contract, the Customer shall be notified.

4. Register of Suppliers – The Organization shall maintain a register of Suppliers that includes authorization status, approval status, and the scope of the approval.
The Organization shall purchase Parts for resale only from the Manufacturer or the same Manufacturer’s Authorized Distributor where the Organization is authorized.

5. Military Parts – Military Parts delivered by the Organization shall be accompanied by a copy of the Manufacturer’s certification and the Organization’s certificate of conformance, normally on the Organization’s pack list, in compliance with the applicable military standard (i.e., QML/QPL).

6. Control of Suspect, Fraudulent and Confirmed Counterfeit Parts – The Organization’s counterfeit electronics control plan shall include a process to evaluate and minimize the risk associated with potential counterfeit product infiltrating into their inventory.

7. Training – The Organization shall train applicable employees on counterfeit awareness including detection and mitigation as appropriate.

8. Scrap Control in Authorized Distribution – Because the source of some counterfeits is material scrapped by entities in the supply chain, the Organization shall maintain scrap control in accordance with their QMS procedures.

9. Inventory Control Plan – The Organization shall have a system for controlling its inventory. The inventory control system shall provide for traceability of customer returned Parts. Records shall be maintained in accordance with the Organization’s retention policy.

10. Reporting – The documented processes shall assure that all occurrences of Counterfeit Parts are reported, as appropriate, to internal organizations, affected Customers, Authority Having Jurisdiction, and government reporting organizations (e.g., GIDEP). External reporting shall include the Manufacturer’s response if provided.

11. Audits – The Organization’s internal audit program required by their QMS shall include periodic internal auditing to assess compliance to AS6496 requirements and shall be subject to third party QMS audits.