Authenticity Test Lab

Electronics experts to prevent counterfeiting

ALTER Authenticity Test Lab provides a complete process of the technical management of the supply chain, from supplier selection and monitoring to inspections and testing techniques aimed at preventing and detecting counterfeit electronic parts entering the manufacturing line.

Authenticity Testing is performed by various inspections and testing techniques to prevent counterfeit electronic components.  The activity of counterfeiting is not a static process. Indeed, as new methods are defined to detect counterfeit parts, new methods are introduced by counterfeiters to disguise their parts.

ALTER’s Authenticity Test Lab is in progress of ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and provides full in-house component testing capabilities.


Standard test flow that includes the Authenticity Test

MFR Manufacturer Documentation

Documentation and packaging review

Verifying lot documentation is a fundamental step to initiate the authenticity test sequence. This documentation shall be examined for originality and should include a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from the supplier.

Golden Sample

Comparison with known authentic samples

Also known as a “golden” sample, a known authentic part that has been directly purchased from the manufacturer or authorized distributor with the proper documentation.

Counterfeit Components Detection

  • Counterfeit electronic components

    In microelectronics, counterfeit is referred to a fraudulent part that has been confirmed to be a copy, imitation, or substitute that has been represented, identified, or marked as genuine, and/or altered by a source without legal right with intent to mislead, deceive, or defraud. At the end of the day, it might cause a problem with electrical functionality of the assembly in which the parts is integrated.

  • Counterfeit electronic parts detection plan

    The counterfeit mitigation internal procedure issued and implemented by ALTER describes the requirements for procurement and validation of EEE parts oriented to risk minimization/avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts procurement, including final disposition.

  • Methods used for detection of counterfeit components

    We start the Standard Authenticity Test Flow for detection of counterfeit components with the comparison between possible counterfeit component with known authentic samples. Then, we continue the manufacturer and supplier documentation review to Verify lot documentation and traceability.

Electronics experts to prevent counterfeiting

The broadly recognized capabilities and excellence of Alter Technology Labs in the field of Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical parts for procurement and testing with decades of experience supporting quality assurance on high reliability applications (military, aerospace, medical, automotive…), together with the knowledge about counterfeit techniques, make our company your ideal partner for counterfeit parts detection and authenticity studies.

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