AS6081 Overview

AS6081: Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation and Disposition


What is AS 6081?

The AS 6081 is a standard created by the global engineering association SAE International to provide uniform requirements, practices and methods for a higher level of protection against the purchasing and supplying of fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts within the military and aerospace industries. The impetus for creating this standard was the increasing number of counterfeit electronic parts entering the aerospace supply chain, which pose significant performance, reliability and safety risks. The primary differentiator between the AS 6081 and other standards is that it requires a larger sample lot size for most tests and inspections to ensure that substandard parts do not get overlooked during inspection.

Why is AS 6081 adherence important?

As the most recognized and respected standard, adherence to it is required by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency for distributors of electronic components. If your company is selling directly or indirectly to the U.S. military then products sourced outside OEM channels must be screened to the AS 6081 standard. Adhering to this strict standard is also advantageous for electronic components intended for commercial or industrial use, because AS6081-compliant testing is considered the best way to detect and weed out substandard parts that could affect product or system performance.

Does ACT comply with AS 6081?

Yes, Advanced Component Testing adheres to all aspects of the standard including sampling requirements and test and inspection method procedures. Although it cannot be formally certified to the standard as it is one that applies solely to distributors, not test laboratories, ACT has adopted all AS 6081 inspection, test and evaluation procedures as its standard protocol and only deviates from this standard when our customer requests adherence to an alternative standard. The U.S. DLA audited and granted ACT “DLA Lab Suitability” status in large part based our strict adherence to AS 6081. ACT’s compliance with AS 6081 is important in cases where our customer is a distributor, who must adhere to this standard.

Download the latest AS 6081 standard here.