Welcome to the Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA)

IDEA is the leading resource for independent distributors to find relevant quality information and to participate in advancing industry ethics, ensuring customer satisfaction, establishing standards, and promoting education.

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Mission Statement

The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) is a global trade association comprised of organizations dedicated to quality initiatives that provide Responsible Procurement Solutions™ to the supply chain.

IDEA seeks to fulfill this mission through sustained leadership in the implementation of quality standards, certifications, best practices, and counterfeit detection methods as well as the cooperation and education of all stakeholders through the development and dissemination of relevant standards, training, and certification programs that promote industry quality, knowledge, and integrity.

**IDEA Related News**

  • IDEA welcomes new Member Abacus Technologies.
  • IDEA has created and produced a poster of the Inspection Process Guidelines Checklist that appears in IDEA-STD-1010-B. The poster is 2' x 3', laminated, and perfect for posting in inspection areas as a convenient resource during the inspection process. For more information on how to purchase, click here.
  • IDEA-STD-1010-B is available for purchase! Click here for more information.

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  • American Electronic Resource, Inc.

    “We are a member of every organization and every search engine related to electronic components and there is no other group of distributors, than those which are part of the IDEA group, that can be trusted to deliver quality parts every time.  All of the other industry organizations allow membership based on limited qualifications.  IDEA is the only organization which has strict guidelines for membership and are constantly creating new ways to make their members better.  Our adoption of the IDEA-STD-1010A standard and certification of our QC department to the IDEA-ICE-3000 has helped us tremendously in the fight against the counterfeit dilemma.  If you want to be sure to get quality electronic components stick with the list of distributors at www.idofea.org.”

    Robb Hammond