AS6171 Overview

ACT Leads the Way in AS6171 Methods

First Ever to Earn AS6171 Accreditation for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Testing

Mandatory AS6171 Compliance: ACT is Ready.

Advanced Component Testing has quickly taken the lead in AS6171 level testing by becoming the first test lab in the world to earn ANAB accreditation for AS6171 test methods and is one of a select few ISO 17025 and AS6171 accredited lab in the USA! That means we’ve got the expertise, the equipment and the official credentials to help our customers get into immediate compliance with AS6171 Test Methods Standard; General Requirements, Suspect/Counterfeit, EEE Parts.

SAE released its AS6171 standard for laboratory test methods for identifying suspect counterfeit EEE parts in late 2016. The standard provides uniform requirements, practices and test methods for test facilities to follow and is more stringent than those previously released for resellers (AS6081) and manufacturers (AS5553). Not only are major aerospace primes beginning to require compliance to this preeminent quality and counterfeit mitigation standard; according to SAE, the next iteration of AS6081 will be more closely aligned with AS6171.

HOW AS6171 is DIFFERENT than as6081.

As compared to AS6081 (the default standard since its 2013 release), SAE AS6171 requires additional inspections and tests (aggressive acetone, mechanical scrape, XRF material and SEM surface analysis, decap on passives and DC electrical testing); defines unique test sequences for its five defined risk levels; and provides greater details about how to perform inspections and tests. 

ACT is an ISO/IEC testing lab performing all AS6171 test methods required to the moderate risk level on site.

AS6171 Test Methods:

  • Documentation & Packaging Inspection
  • External Visual Inspection (including via SEM)
  • Marking Permanency Solvent
  • Two-tier Acetone
  • 1M2P Solvent
  • Commercial Solvent


  • Mechanical Scrape
  • XRF for Lead Finish
  • XRF for Materials
  • X-Ray Inspection
  • Delid/Decap Inspection

Related Links: 8 AS6171 White Paper       8  ACT Authenticity Inspection

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