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iNEMI Publishes White Paper Proposing a Methodology to Determine Risk of Counterfeit Use

Jun 07, 2013

Free webinars scheduled to review assessment tools

The Counterfeit Components Project of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) today released a whitepaper entitled, "Development of a Methodology to Determine Risk of Counterfeit Use."

The paper takes a comprehensive view of the counterfeit components problem by surveying the possible points of entry in the supply chain and assessing the impact of counterfeit components on the industry at various points of use. It also proposes a risk assessment calculator that can be used to quantify the risks of procuring counterfeit parts. This risk calculator is aimed at all segments of the supply chain and can be used by component manufacturers, product designers, distributors, loss estimators, industry groups and end users.  Click here to download the whitepaper.

"This whitepaper summarizes the excellent work the Counterfeit Components team has done to date to assess the current situation, define the issues, and recommend strategies for dealing with the counterfeit problem in the electronics manufacturing supply chain," said Bill Bader, CEO of iNEMI. "This is an issue globally that impacts the entire international supply chain, not only financially but also in terms of product quality and reliability. When put to use, the methodologies this group has developed will go a long way toward helping companies assess their risk so that they can address weak points in their supply chains. The team has decided to share this information with industry rather than restricting it to only project participants."

Webinars Scheduled

The Counterfeit Components Assessment Project will hold two free webinars to review the methodologies developed by the project team. These methodologies, which help suppliers, equipment providers and end users quantify the risk of counterfeit components for their products or parts, cover three areas:  the risk of counterfeit use, risk of untrusted supply sources, and counterfeit loss and total cost estimations.

The first webinar is scheduled for June 11 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, U.S.), 4:00 p.m. British Summer Time (London) / 3:00 p.m. GMT.  The second webinar will be held June 26 at 9:00 a.m. China Standard Time (June 25, 9:00 p.m. EDT).

The webinars are free, but require advance registration. For more information and to register for the webinar:

North America & Europe, Tuesday, June 11

Asia, Wednesday June 26

Links to download the three tools will be provided with registration confirmation and may also be requested directly from iNEMI by contacting Mark Schaffer (marks@inemi.org).


The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's mission is to forecast and accelerate improvements in the electronics manufacturing industry for a sustainable future. This industry-led international consortium is made up of more than 100 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities. iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies. The consortium also works with government agencies, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for longer-term industry needs and R&D initiatives. iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), with regional offices in Shanghai, China; Limerick, Ireland; and Tokyo, Japan. For additional information about iNEMI, go to http://www.inemi.org.

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