The prevalence of counterfeit parts in today's marketplace requires more vigilance by all parties involved in the electronic components supply chain. This is especially true for military parts and space related applications where more rigorous standards are required.
For purposes of establishing a common vocabulary for describing these products, the following definition was developed by the Department of Defense (DOD) in 2007:
Counterfeit parts are defined as a product produced or altered to resemble a product without authority or right to do so, with the intent to mislead or defraud by presenting the imitation as original or genuine.
While this definition is not universally applied, it does serve as a starting point for developing a set of Counterfeit Avoidance Guidelines which can be broken into the following categories:
It is important to make sure your supplier's Counterfeit Avoidance Policy addresses all four of these issues before you decide to purchase any product.
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