A couple of other criteria you can use to qualify an independent distributor are as follows:
1) Have they been audited and approved by DLA to participate in the QTSL program. A list of approved distributors can be found here http://www.landandmaritime.dla.mil/offices/sourcing_and_qualification/QTSL.aspx
2) Is the independent distributor you are qualified AS6081 certified or have a documented counterfeit avoidance plan that has been incorporated into their quality management system.
Thanks for the kind words about the article. As for the denied parties list, there are several different lists from various government agencies. It would be great if the US Govt would consolidate and create one master list; however, as of today this is not the case.
As for IDEA membership requirements, it is mandatory / required as a condition that the Independent Distributor not be on any of the following lists:
1. Company cannot appear on the EPLS Government List or any of the following lists found on the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security website while an IDEA Member or within four (4) years prior to applying to become an IDEA Member:
a. The EPLS Government listing*
b. The Denied Persons List**
c. The Unverified List**
d. The Entity List**
e. The Specially Designated Nationals List**
f. The Debarred List**
g. The Nonproliferation Sanctions List**
This is just one of the many requirements that helps to ensure IDEA is maintaining stringent requirements.
However, IDEA member or not, people can feel free to check these lists----no membership required. Most solid Independents will also cross reference any customers to these lists to ensure parts are not going to terror groups/ bad guys.
When in doubt, don't guess. Use your contacts and customers to choose a reliable independent. Don't be fooled by the web site. A lot of "brokers" have developed ficticious web sites. Reputation is the key, as is a Quality department. A membership in IDEA is a great place to start and remember, size does matter. A larger supplier will have in place more security features than someone working out of their garage
Also don't be fooled by the "Authorized only " hype. There are no guarantees in the current supply chain. Many independents also buy direct from major component manufacturers, and the Authorized can only offers their own lines. No one stop shopping.
The government has developed a list of "Trusted Suppliers", another great place to look, but keep in mind they also have a list of "Trusted OCM's" and it is not a large as you would think, with most Chinese manufacturers not listed.
@ComponentSense: Currently, there are over 200 restricted party lists from government institutions worldwide. That's what makes this a challenging task. My understanding, though, is that there are screening software apps that wll check it against multiple lists. I don't, however, have details about how expensive or complicated these solutions are. Does anyone else have experience in this area?
Thanks for the good recommendations for identifying an independent distributor. While membership is a reputable organization is a great starting point, nothing substitutes for a face-to-face meeting and tour of the distrbutors facility.
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