Purpose and Application
This standard is for use by organizations that procure and/or integrate EEE parts and/or assemblies containing such items. The requirements of this standard are generic and intended to be applied/flowed down, as applicable, through the supply chain to all organizations that procure EEE parts and/or assemblies, regardless of type, size, and product provided. The mitigation of counterfeit EEE parts in this standard is risk-based and these mitigation steps will vary depending on the application, desired performance, and reliability of the equipment/hardware.
The requirements of this document are intended to supplement the requirements of a higher level quality standard (e.g., AS/EN/JISQ9100, ISO-9001, ANSI/ASQC E4, ASME NQA-1, AS9120, AS9003, and ISO/TS 16949 or equivalent) and other quality management system documents. They are not intended to stand alone, supersede, or cancel requirements found in other quality management system documents, requirements imposed by contracting authorities, or applicable laws and regulations unless an authorized exemption/variance has been obtained. This document is not intended to make a legal determination of fraud, and appropriate legal counsel should be consulted for further action.
ARP6328 has been developed to provide additional guidance. ARP6328 contains a significant amount of guidance information that the Organization should consider in conjunction with implementing all elements of AS5553 in the Organization's counterfeit part risk mitigation plan/processes. For example, the ARP includes examples of inspections and tests that could be applied to EEE parts purchased from non-authorized sources to determine if the parts could be suspect counterfeit. The ARP also references other related standards such as AS6496 and AS6081.
NOTE: Appendices contained in previous revisions of AS5553 are now included in ARP6328.