AS6081 Test Standard
What is the AS6081 standard?
AS6081 was created by SAE in 2012 as a response to the discovery of an increasing number of counterfeit parts in the Mil/Aero sector and the risk that poses to safety, reliability and performance.
AS6081 provides uniform requirements, practices and methods to mitigate the risk of counterfeits entering the supply chain. The standard lays down requirements for proactively identifying reliable parts sources; assessing and mitigating risks of counterfeit parts; inspection requirements, controlling parts that are discovered to be counterfeit; and reporting suspect and confirmed counterfeit parts.
A distributor who procures electronics components for the military outside OEM channels may have to adhere to AS6081 if flowed down by the customer. In addition, customers may also have their own mitigation program that dictates the testing requirements.
AS6081 applies solely to distributors. As such, test labs cannot be formally certified: they can only conduct inspection, test and evaluation procedures in accordance with the standard (the standard specific to test labs is AS6171, but you cannot be certified at the time of writing).
Outside of the Mil/aero sector, there’s also clear advantages for customers in the industrial sector because AS6081-compliant testing is considered the best way to ‘detect and reject’ substandard parts that could affect their production.
As the AS6081 standard makes clear, not one practice, combination of practices, standard or certification to that standard’s requirements will prevent fraudulent/counterfeit parts from entering the supply chain.