In today's ever-changing world of new rules, regulations, practices, and policies, many stakeholders are taking matters into their own hands to stay informed.
In just the last few months, we have seen permanent and proposed changes in the US government's Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Systems (DFARS) and Federal Acquisition Regulation Systems (FARS) acquisition policies. We have seen large OEM customers adopt new standards on how and from whom they procure electronic parts. Approved vendor lists (AVLs) have been re-evaluated, continuing education is finally being discussed, and compliance managers have been hired. How do you keep up?
Despite the changes that come at us at the speed of light, one thing remains constant: IDEA and its member companies are staying on top of industry issues, adapting to the changes, and becoming more relevant than ever.
For example, on an average week, IDEA hosts more than 10 conference calls to cover current events, planning, compliance, membership, marketing, and more. These calls ensure that IDEA is working for the benefit of all its stakeholders. Who is a stakeholder, you ask? IDEA has about 30 independent distributor member companies that serve virtually all OEMs/CMs around the world. If your company has ever bought a part in the multibillion-dollar open market, you may be a stakeholder. IDEA and its members also interact with the US government, aerospace companies, and test services companies.
Though seemingly complex and far reaching, it is really quite simple. All IDEA stakeholders have the same objective: Eliminate counterfeit components from the supply chain through responsible procurement.
Given the need to "untangle" new regulations and tie them into old standards while maintaining a well-thought-out AVL, it is no surprise that IDEA has seen a recent surge in requests for customized training programs. It should be noted that these training students are not new college grads -- they are some of the most informed and critical stakeholders in the United States.
Many contract manufacturers (CMs) and OEMs already mandate IDEA membership for inclusion on their AVL of independent distributors. However, did you know that IDEA also allows these very same companies to get their inspectors certified as IDEA-ICE 3000 Professional Inspectors?
Yes, any OEM or CM can have its very own QA employees/inspectors trained in the IDEA-STD-1010 Standard and certified as IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspectors. Some entities are taking things a step further by retaining IDEA to come to their locations for customized training on counterfeit avoidance techniques. (Yes, it all still starts with whom you buy from).
Whether you choose to use only IDEA member companies to procure open market parts or have IDEA conduct specific customized training, it is imperative for all stakeholders to adapt and stay informed. When the only constant is change, education and training must take priority.