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IDEA-STD-1010: Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market is the first and leading quality standard for the visual inspection of electronic components and was designed as a technical resource to serve the electronic component industry regarding the detection of substandard and counterfeit components.

Click here to view the IDEA-STD-1010-B Table of Contents.

IDEA-STD-1010 is available in both hard copy and electronic formats. Convenient product bundles are also available that include the hard copy of the Standard and the IDEA-STD-1010 Inspection Guidelines Process Checklist poster.

The poster contains the complete checklist that appears in IDEA-STD-1010 in a 2’ x 3’ laminated format that is perfect for posting in inspection areas as a convenient resource during the inspection process.

  • IDEA-STD-1010-B (Digital)


As cited in SAE AS5553 and utilized by NASA, this Standard has sold in more than nineteen (19) countries and is based upon techniques developed as a collaborative effort of the industry’s leading Independent Distributors.

IDEA-STD-1010B was created to provide inspection processes and criteria that can be incorporated into the Quality Management System of any industry stakeholder, including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Electronic Management Service (EMS) Providers, Authorized (Franchise) Distributors, and Independent Distributors, to assist each organization with the implementation and maintenance of counterfeit mitigation programs.

This Standard is invaluable for a number of professionals within the electronics industry, including management, component engineering, procurement, quality assurance, and inspection personnel. Revision B contains over 250 pages and over 300 full color photographs of inspection processes and acceptance criteria and has been critically reviewed for clarity and accuracy.

IDEA-STD-1010-B was developed by a group of more than 30 industry subject matter experts (both IDEA Members and non-members) who dedicated over 5000 collective hours to complete this revision. Some of the features include the following:

  • A new design and format that improve readability, user friendliness, and flow of information
  • Updated and expanded Terms and Definitions section
  • Extensive use of photo examples throughout the text
  • An increased focus on the inspection process
  • A new section that provides references and guidelines for engaging Test Services Companies
  • An informational section that introduces advanced inspection techniques
  • A photo library section with easy to find examples that refer back to inspection information

Click here to view the IDEA-STD-1010-B Table of Contents.

The apparent increase in counterfeit activity requires that all sectors within the electronic component industry that inspect electronic components ensure that every Inspector is trained in the unique techniques and attributes necessary to detect counterfeit parts, as conventional inspection techniques for substandard components do not incorporate the targeted tools needed to identify suspect counterfeit characteristics.

The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) and its Members are highly aware of and deeply concerned with the proliferation of counterfeit electronics and the threat they pose to national safety and security as well as the impact this threat has on commerce. IDEA firmly believes that the answer to conquering this dangerous problem resides within an expanded and concerted effort in the cooperation and education of all stakeholders in counterfeit mitigation practices through the implementation of relevant standards, training, and certification


IDEA-STD-1010-B is available in a non-printable electronic Digital Rights Management (DRM) format only.

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