Preventing counterfeiting through e-waste export control

With increased dialogue and networking of intelligence information between these organizations in the electronic component recycling and supply chains, I feel that the SEERA will decrease the supply of counterfeit electronic components,

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I just read an article on the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) at http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170207/rep-cook-reintroduces-bill-to-make-it-tougher-to-counterfeit-us-electronics .  This bill, introduced in the House of Representatives by Republican Paul Cook of California and Democrat Gene Green of Texas, aims to stop the export of e-waste to countries where it is used as source material for counterfeit electronics.

While the electronics industry continues to research stricter testing protocols to mitigate the risk of counterfeit products and to implement quality control practices to help protect the global supply change from this evolving threat, cutting off the supply of source materials is a great step forward.  If SEERA passes, non-working equipment would be recycled domestically.  Working equipment could be exported.  The US Customs and Border Protection would be part of the enforcement by inspecting equipment bound for export to make sure that it is working.

This program set up by SEERA could be even more effective if agencies inside the US Department of State and the US Department of Defense, who are already working to contain the epidemic of counterfeit electronic components, became involved in this process of preventing the export of e-waste.

With increased dialogue and networking of intelligence information between these organizations in the electronic component recycling and supply chains, I feel that the SEERA will decrease the supply of counterfeit electronic components, thereby increasing quality and safety in electronic equipment for consumers and the military alike.

I am looking forward to seeing SEERA move through the House to the Senate and then on to the president for signature.

Author: josephfedericonj

Joseph Federico is Vice President and Director of Operations for NJ MET, Inc., located in Clifton, NJ. He speaks world-wide on current issues in Electronic Component Testing. Among his responsibilities at NJMET, Inc. is heading up its charity programs.

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