DLA Tightens DNA Mandate for Components PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Friday, 25 January 2013 09:29

WASHINGTON -- The US Defense Logistics Agency today issued a brief instituting DNA marking for any company that seeks to supply electronics components deemed to be high counterfeit risks.

In the brief, the DLA wrote that DNA marking requirements are unique to FSC 5962 and are being instituted for the safety of our service men and women. Effective immediately, only trusted sources who comply with Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) marking requirements in DLAD 52.211-9074 are eligible to receive FSC 5962 awards from DLA. There are no exceptions.

Federal Supply Class (FSC) 5962, Electronic Microcircuits, covers components and multichip modules that have been determined to be at high risk for counterfeiting. This latest DLA move follows its decision last August to implement its first phase of requirements for DNA marking.

Trusted sources are defined as either an original component manufacturer (OCM), a supplier on the qualified suppliers list of distributors (QSLD), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), an authorized distributor, a manufacturer on the qualified manufacturers list (QML), a supplier on the qualified testing suppliers list (QTSL), or the manufacturer of generalized emulated parts (SRI). All trusted sources except those listed on the QTSL must have full traceability documentation for the item being procured.

The DLA said that because some small businesses and other trusted sources of FSC 5962 are not prepared to comply with the DNA marking requirements, the agency will reimburse those that receive awards for the direct costs of the annual DNA marking license that must be obtained from Applied DNA Sciences (unique DNA mark, ink, authentication program, monthly reports, detector set (UV and IR), and training).


For more on using DNA to authenticate components, click here and here.




Eastern-US: China’s New Competitor?

Parity emerges among EMS Factories from Asia, Mexico and the US.

For the first time in years we see parity in the Eastern US among EMS factories from Asia, Mexico and the US. This EMS market condition will permit American OEMs (the EMS industry refers to OEMs as customers) to have more EMS pathways to choose from. Now more than ever, such EMS assignments will require deeper investigation relating to the OEMs’ evaluation of manufacturing strategies.

The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.



Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.





CB Login



English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish


Panasonic Debuts PanaCIM Maintenance with Augmented Reality
PanaCIM Maintenance with Augmented Reality software provides instant communication and information to factory technicians -- when and where it is needed -- so they can respond to factory needs more...