IDEA Introduces IDEA-QMS-9090 Quality Management System Standard

       IDEA Introduces IDEA-QMS-9090 Quality Management System Standard

New Standard Addresses Unique Aspects of Independent Distribution of
Electronics Industry

PR Newswire

BUENA PARK, Calif., Feb. 26, 2013

BUENA PARK, Calif., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Independent Distributors
of Electronics Association (IDEA) announces the publication of IDEA-QMS-9090:
Quality Management System Standard for Independent Distributors of Electronics
Association Members.

The proliferation of substandard electronic components and the threat they
pose to safety, national security, product performance, and successful
commerce have long been a source of grave concern to IDEA and its Members and
have prompted their action to identify solutions to combat this serious
problem. IDEA firmly believes that part of the answer to securing the supply
chain resides within an expanded and concerted effort in the cooperation and
education of all stakeholders responsible for purchasing and inspection
practices through the implementation of relevant standards, training, and
certification programs. IDEA has developed IDEA-QMS-9090: Quality Management
System Standard for Independent Distributors of Electronics Association
Members as a tool to significantly contribute to this purpose.

The objective of IDEA-QMS-9090 is to establish specific requirements and
practices Independent Distributors of electronic components can use to help
ensure that they satisfy their customers' requirements. These requirements and
practices serve to address many of the unique aspects of the Independent
Distribution of Electronics Industry which are not addressed in other QMS
standards.

In order to assess the Independent Distributor's ability to meet customer
requirements applicable to the service that the Independent Distributor
provides, certification to this Standard is mandatory for all Independent
Distributors that are Members of IDEA. Conversely, only Independent
Distributors that are Members of IDEA may become certified to IDEA-QMS-9090.
The audit program will be implemented using a desktop compliance verification
audit as performed by IDEA Staff for the 2013 Membership year. It is expected
that third-party site audits will be introduced in 2014 and performed at the
same time as ISO 9001 and/or AS9100/AS9120 surveillance or certification
audits.

"IDEA, IDEA Members, and the IDEA-QMS-9090 Committee have delivered an
instrument of significant importance," stated Debra Eggeman, IDEA Executive
Director. "This Standard advances policy and process controls to further
assure favorable business transactions between customers and suppliers while
utilizing IDEA Member Independent Distributors."

IDEA-QMS-9090 follows a succession of industry-changing standards developed by
IDEA, including IDEA-STD-1010: Acceptability of Electronic Components
Distributed in the Open Market, the first and leading quality inspection
standard for electronic components distributed in the Open Market; and the
IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam, which continues to
garner industry recognition for providing a validated source for the
demonstration of competency in inspection techniques, counterfeit detection,
knowledge of industry best practices and standards, and research skills.

For more information, visit www.IDofEA.org.

About IDEA:

The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) is a non-profit
trade association supported by a group of quality and ethically-oriented
Independent Distributors of electronic components dedicated to providing
responsible procurement solutions to secure the supply chain against the
proliferation of substandard and counterfeit components. IDEA employs a
comprehensive approach that focuses on programs and best practices that
establish and increase quality standards, provide the industry with a conduit
to improve the access to and sharing of relevant knowledge, and advance
industry ethics and integrity. In addition to IDEA-QMS-9090, IDEA has
published IDEA-STD-1010: Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in
the Open Market, the first and leading quality inspection standard for
electronic components distributed in the Open Market; developed the
IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam, which continues to
garner industry recognition for providing a validated source for the
demonstration of competency in inspection techniques, knowledge of industry
best practices and standards, and research skills; and provides a
comprehensive Training Program that offers the knowledge necessary to safely
procure from the Open Market and detect substandard or counterfeit
characteristics.

CONTACT:
Debra N. Eggeman
Executive Director
714-670-0200
deggeman@IDofEA.org

SOURCE The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA)