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AS6081 Test Standard

Astute is a highly accredited, quality-driven procurement expert, with a list of clients that includes the world’s leading defence suppliers. Our mission is to shield you against inferior quality products and services. As such, our operations are run in accordance with quality processes including AS6081 that mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts. Astute was the first European distributor to attain the AS6081 standard, and proudly the only distributor with AS6081 accreditations across either side of the Atlantic.

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). 

Astute not only has the AS6081 certification, we also have a well-equipped anti-counterfeit test facility within our headquarters in Stevenage, UK and replicated in Virginia, where we conduct all the destructive and non-destructive testing.

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.

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