CounterfeitParts_03_CausesOfCounterfeiting

  • Design and Logistics
    • Parts obsolescence
    • Insufficient inventory for product design life
  • Procurement
    • Failure to procure from trusted/authorized sources (cost/schedule driven)
    • Failure to procure data deliverables for traceability and authentication
    • Failure to invoke rigid quality assurance requirements 
  • Manufacturers
    • Dumping of excess inventory without traceability
    • Excessive lead times
  • Independent Non-Franchised Distributors (Brokers)
    • Inadequate or Nonexistent Quality Assurance
    • Deliberate misrepresentation of product
  • Governmental Regulations
    • Electronic parts reclamation (e-waste) and Pb-free solder requirements
  • Quality Assurance
    • Inadequate test and inspection practices to detect counterfeiting
  • Law enforcement authorities
    • Insufficient resources for tracking down and prosecuting counterfeiters