ERAI and the UKEA announce landmark information sharing agreement to battle counterfeiting

ERAI, a Naples, Fla.-based information services organization that monitors, investigates and reports issues affecting the global semiconductor supply chain, has announced a landmark information sharing agreement with the UK Electronics Alliance. The UKEA is a consortium of leading trade associations representing the U.K. electronics sector. The two groups will share information on counterfeit and high risk parts.

ERAI and the UKEA will ‘swap’ partial information from their respective online suspected counterfeit parts databases so that both will contain thousands of documented suspect counterfeit reports. The manufacturer’s name, part number, and the date the part was originally reported will be shared but further information such as the date code and how to identify that the part is counterfeit will only be accessible from the originator’s database. The two groups will also share new suspect part information as they are reported to enable their respective client communities to benefit from the “world’s most comprehensive e-mail alert service,” according to ERAI.

“By sharing information from our database with the UKEA, we hope to raise awareness relative to the true extent of the problem of counterfeiting in the global electronics supply chain and benefit the wider electronics community,” said Mark Snider, president of ERAI.

The transfer of information from ERAI to the UKEA’s website (www.anticounterfeitingforum.com) has already been completed and includes links from each entry to the ERAI database to enable ERAI’s subscribers to view the original entry with a single click. A corresponding transfer from the UKEA to ERAI will be completed shortly.

-Bill O’Leary

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