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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many counterfeit electronic parts have been detected on equipment owned by his Department in each of the last five years.
The MOD's framework of contract conditions requires that our contractors supply ‘fit for purpose’ products. Recent changes to the framework have included a strengthening of the requirements for Certificates of Conformance, whereby suppliers must attest that their product meets MOD requirements.
The only effective method of assessing whether a particular item is counterfeit is to test it against its original specification. Whenever ‘suspect' material is notified to the MOD Quality Assurance Authority (QAA), alerts are raised to all possible users advising them to take the appropriate review action and to test items if necessary.
The MOD is aware that counterfeit products are becoming a serious problem worldwide and is currently working closely with industry experts to raise awareness of the risk of counterfeit parts entering the supply chain. A Counterfeit Awareness Working Group (CAWG) has been established, to develop guidance on the issue to be used across the MOD and industry. The CAWG arranged an awareness event on counterfeit parts for the MOD and industry personnel in July 2011 and is planning another for June 2012.