Sept. 25, 2015—A new regulation has been proposed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to assist the military in the detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts.
The revisions to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clarify the DoD's position on traceability, emphasizing that contractors and subcontractors that are not the original manufacturer must have a risk-based system to trace electronic parts from the manufacturer to the government.
Crucially, however, the draft indicates that traceability may not be feasible in all cases and, in these cases, it notes that the contractor should try to source the part elsewhere, or carry out tests and an assessment to check the source's reliability. If that fails, the purchaser must be notified.
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