- Encourage the use of genuine, authorized semiconductors by advocating for changes in U.S. procurement policies;
- Limit the entry of counterfeits into the U.S. through cooperation with enforcement authorities and policy changes that stem the flow of counterfeits;
- Minimize counterfeit semiconductors at the source through development of an action plan for SIA companies and other organizations working to prevent counterfeits; and
- Prevent unnecessary and burdensome mandates (e.g., specific marking and authentication techniques) from being implemented in the U.S. supply chain without industry input.
SIA seeks to work with government on procurement policies that promote the government purchase of semiconductors directly from OEMs or their authorized channels to the extent possible, instead of their current practice of buying “lowest price, technically acceptable” and most readily available.
Supply Chain Security
The semiconductor industry employs stringent security and supply chain management practices to ensure the security of semiconductor products. The industry is engaged in numerous efforts to develop industry standards to promote a secure supply chain.
U.S. Anti-counterfeiting Customs Advocacy
SIA will continue work to reduce the flow of counterfeit semiconductors entering the U.S. SIA is collaborating with other regions through the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) on anti-counterfeiting initiatives, and we are working to permanently end Customs and Border Patrol’s policy of obscuring or redacting photos of suspect counterfeit chips, which they send to our companies to determine authenticity.
Preventing Burdensome Mandates
SIA advocates for the adoption of sensible policies and the use of industry standards in product authentication, and against burdensome and ineffective mandates. For example, SIA has been leading efforts to limit the use of a specific marking technology by the Defense Logistics Agency.