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To Use any IDEA Electronic Document, you agree to the following License Statement referring to the License Agreement below.

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License Agreement for Electronic Documents

Note: You cannot print or share electronic documents. The file contains a digital watermark to protect the copyright. Electronic document purchases are non-refundable.

IMPORTANT - READ CAREFULLY BEFORE DOWNLOADING OR COPYING TO YOUR COMPUTER ANY FILE(S) CONTAINED HEREWITH.

THE FILE(S) AND OTHER INFORMATION PROVIDED HEREWITH ARE COPYRIGHTED. BY DOWNLOADING ANY FILE PROVIDED HEREWITH TO YOUR COMPUTER, YOU ARE ACCEPTING AND AGREEING TO THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT. IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT, PRIOR TO DOWNLOADING OR COPYING ANY FILE(S) TO YOUR COMPUTER, YOU MUST DECLINE ACCESS TO SUCH MATERIALS.

1. GRANT OF LICENSE: Subject to the provisions contained herein and to the payment of all applicable fees, the Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to the materials contained herewith (the "Product"). Your licensed rights to the Product are limited to the following:

(a) This License Agreement does not convey to you an interest in or to the Product, but only a limited right of use revocable in accordance with the terms of this License Agreement.

(b) You may install one copy of the Product on, and permit access to it by, a single computer owned, leased or otherwise controlled by you. In the event that computer becomes dysfunctional, such that you are unable to access the Product, you may transfer the Product to another computer, provided that the Product is removed from the computer from which it is transferred and the use of the Product on the replacement computer otherwise complies with the terms of this Agreement. Neither concurrent use on two or more computers nor use in a local area network or other network is permitted. You shall not print, merge, adapt, translate, modify, rent, lease, sell, sublicense, assign or otherwise transfer any of the Product, or remove any proprietary notice or label appearing on any of the Product. You may copy the Product only for backup purposes.

(c) You acknowledge and agree that the Product is proprietary to the Copyright holder, IDEA, identified on the front page of the Product, and is protected under U.S. copyright law and international copyright treaties. You further acknowledge and agree that all rights, title and interest in and to the Product, including all intellectual property rights, are and shall remain with IDEA.

(d) You shall provide IDEA or any designee of IDEA with all information necessary to assure compliance with the terms of this Agreement. In the event you are not in compliance with the terms of this Agreement through the actions of unrelated third parties, you shall use your best efforts to cooperate with IDEA and any of its designees to assure compliance.

2. LIMITED WARRANTY:

(a) IDEA warrants for your benefit alone that, unless disclosed in the Product to the contrary, IDEA can license the Product and all copyright and trademarks related thereto or therein.

(b) THE EXPRESS WARRANTIES SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION 2 CONSTITUTE THE ONLY WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT AND IDEA MAKES NO OTHER REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED (EITHER IN FACT OR BY OPERATION OF LAW) WITH RESPECT TO ANY OF THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WITH RESPECT TO THE SUFFICIENCY, ACCURACY OR UTILIZATION OF, OR ANY INFORMATION OR OPINION CONTAINED OR REFLECTED IN, ANY OF THE PRODUCT. IDEA EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NO OFFICER, DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEE, MEMBER, AGENT, REPRESENTATIVE OR PUBLISHER OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER IS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE ANY MODIFICATION, EXTENSION, OR ADDITION TO THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.

3. INDEMNIFICATION: IDEA, any agent, representative, publisher or distributor of the Product, or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives or members (the "IDEA Indemnified Parties") shall have no liability for, and you shall defend, indemnify and hold each of the IDEA Indemnified Parties harmless from and against, any claim, loss, demand, liability, obligation and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) based upon or arising out of any injury or damage, or any product liability claim, including but not limited to, any personal or bodily injury or property damage, arising out of, pertaining to, or resulting in any way from, the use or possession of any of the Product by you and/or any of your directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents or contractors.

4. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

(a) You acknowledge that each of IDEA's obligations and liabilities with respect to the Product are exhaustively defined in this Agreement. You are responsible for the consequences of any use of any of the Product (whether or not such use was consistent with the license granted hereunder) created therefore. Whether or not IDEA has been advised of their possibility, neither IDEA nor any of its representatives or agents, directors, officers, employees, or members, shall be liable, whether under contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise, for any indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential loss, damage, cost or expense of any kind whatsoever and howsoever caused, that may be suffered by you or any of your directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives or contractors or any third party.

(b) If at any time an allegation of infringement of any rights of any third party is made, or in IDEA's opinion is likely to be made, with respect to any of the Product, IDEA may, at its option and at its own expense (i) obtain for you the right to continue using the Product, (ii) modify or replace the Product or any portion thereof so as to avoid any such claim of infringements, or (iii) refund to you the License Fee. IDEA shall have no liability to you if any claim of infringement would have been avoided except for your refusal to use any modified or replacement Product supplied or offered to be supplied pursuant to this Section 4(b) or to otherwise cease using the Product. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement, and except as set forth in Section 4(b) hereof, IDEA's liability to you for damages pursuant to this Section 4(b), if any, shall not exceed the amounts of the License Fee paid by you for the Product subject to any such claim.

(c) Section 4(b) state the entire liability of IDEA with respect to the infringement or alleged infringement of any third party rights of any kind whatsoever by any of the Product.

5. TERMINATION: This Agreement may be terminated immediately by IDEA upon breach of any provision of this Agreement by you. Upon any termination of this Agreement, you shall immediately discontinue the use of the Product and shall within ten (10) days either return file(s) on diskette(s), if any, to IDEA or certify in writing to IDEA that the Product has been deleted from your computer and is eliminated from your premises.

6. GOVERNING LAW; ATTORNEY'S FEES: This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey without reference to its conflict of laws provisions and you further consent to jurisdiction by the state and federal courts sitting in the state of New Jersey.

7. MISCELLANEOUS: This Agreement constitutes the complete and exclusive agreement between IDEA and you with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior oral or written understandings, communications or agreements not specifically incorporated herein. This Agreement may not be modified except in writing duly signed by an authorized representative of IDEA and you. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be reformed only to the extent necessary to make it enforceable, and such decision shall not affect the enforceability (i) of such provision under other circumstances, or (ii) of the remaining provisions hereof under all circumstances. Headings shall not be considered in interpreting the Agreement.

8. EXPORT: You may not load or export or re-export any of the Product or any underlying information or technology except in full compliance with all United States and other applicable laws and regulations.



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General Membership consists of companies that are Independent Distributors of electronic components.

ANNUAL DUES STRUCTURE

Annual dues for General Membership are allocated by company size:

  • Small Company (1-19 employees/contractors)        $3,000
  • Medium Company (20-49 employees/contractors)  $5,000
  • Large Company (50+ employees/contractors)          $8,500

Please follow the links below to access detailed information regarding Membership Requirements, application documents, and application process instructions and timeline.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Company must be in business for at least three years or be owned by a parent company that has been in business for at least three years.
  • Company must pass a desktop audit as performed by IDEA Staff to verify compliance with IDEA-QMS-9090. Note: Applicants and Members shall agree to be subject to an onsite compliance verification audit by IDEA Staff or their contracted services at the discretion of the IDEA Executive Director.
  • Company must provide objective evidence of Product Liability Insurance at a minimum of $1,000,000 per incident and $2,000,000 aggregate annually.
  • The Company’s Member Representative must be a member of Executive Management in the Member Company as approved by IDEA Staff.
  • Company must agree to abide by the IDEA Code of Ethics through signature by the designated Member Representative and circulate it once a year to employees/contractors.
  • Company must agree to abide by the IDEA Membership Manual through signature by the designated Member Representative.
  • Company must fulfill a minimum of forty (40) hours of contribution to IDEA activities per year to maintain membership status.
  • Company and Owners must pass a thorough background check and shall not have a criminal record involving conduct relevant to the Industry or postings on public places that could reasonably be expected to embarrass IDEA, or cause harm to IDEA or its Members’ brands and images.
  • Company must be a Member of ERAI in good standing.
  • Company cannot operate out of a residential structure or shipping services address.
  • Company may not use multiple aliases without acceptable explanation as determined by IDEA.
  • Company must provide its state and municipal business licenses and certificates of “Good Standing.”
  • Company must submit information about any ERAI and GIDEP reports that have been filed on the Company while an IDEA Member or within four (4) years prior to applying to become an IDEA Member.
  • Company cannot appear on the EPLS Government List or any of the following lists found on the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security website while an IDEA Member or within four (4) years prior to applying to become an IDEA Member:
    • The EPLS Government listing*
    • The Denied Persons List**
    • The Unverified List**
    • The Entity List**
    • The Specially Designated Nationals List**
    • The Debarred List**
    • The Nonproliferation Sanctions List**

       *http://www.sam.gov
       **http://www.bis.doc.gov/complianceandenforcement/liststocheck.htm

  • Company must not have any unresolved issues that the M&EO Committee considers inconsistent with IDEA’s mission and Code of Ethics. Such issues include, but are not limited to, illegal behaviors, bribery, kickbacks, embezzlement, payoffs, credit or nonsufficient funds issues, counterfeit parts issues, or poor business practices. At the M&EO Committee’s discretion, any unresolved issues may require a written explanation followed by a subsequent review by the M&EO Committee.
  • Various items of objective evidence as requested by IDEA are listed in the General Membership Application Requirements Confirmation Checklist to evaluate conformance with the above Membership Requirements.

Membership in IDEA will only be granted if the applicant has been found to meet the above requirements, as demonstrated by at least a supermajority (75%) vote of the M&EO Committee after reviewing or receiving a report of the Applicant’s compliance with the above requirements.

IDEA CODE OF ETHICS

Membership in the Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (referred to below as IDEA, or the Association) is a privilege extended to those organizations who meet the eligibility requirements, and is not a right. Membership may be continued unless the Membership and Ethics Oversight (M&EO) Committee determines that the conduct of a Member has been such, that in the best interests of IDEA, the Member should be suspended or their Membership terminated.

This Code of Ethics has been duly adopted by the Board of Trustees under the authority vested in it by the IDEA Bylaws.

  • The Member will support and acknowledges that it is subject to the IDEA Bylaws, as from time to time amended, and all such resolutions, and policies as may from time to time be established or adopted by the Board of Trustees of IDEA.
  • The Member will conduct commerce in a moral and ethical manner so as to bring no discredit to IDEA, nor to diminish the prestige of the Membership therein. The Member will make commercially reasonable efforts to ensure all of its employees and representatives will conduct themselves in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws. Any act or behavior that is deemed to be in violation of Membership standards, upon review of the M&EO Committee, may result in Membership termination under such rules relating to termination as may from time to time be in force.
  • The Member will employ commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that all products it sells have clear title, are free of liens, and conform to all applicable IDEA Standards that are then in force.
  • The Member will not knowingly misrepresent products. The Member will employ commercially reasonable efforts, and in any event not less than such efforts as may from time to time be required under all IDEA Standards then in force, to ensure truth in advertising.
  • The Member will give advice to its clientele in the course of its independent distribution of electronics to the best of its ability.
  • The Member will only use the IDEA Logo in accordance with the Association’s Trademark Usage Policy for the IDEA Logo.
  • If a Member is found to have breached this Code, that fact may be disclosed to Member and non-member entities that may inquire into that Member’s status under this Code.
  • If a Formal Inquiry (as defined in form number IDEA-1001) is filed against a Member, resignation will not preclude the completion of the Formal Inquiry Process by the M&EO Committee if it elects to continue such process and the publication of the results of its investigation, and the Member shall continue to cooperate in the conduct of that process until its completion.

Approved and adopted by the IDEA Board of Trustees on January 15, 2009.

Amended by the Membership and Ethics Oversight Committee on September 20, 2012.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND DETERMINATION PROCESS

The IDEA Membership Application and Determination Process requires all Applicants to prepare a comprehensive application packet with supplementary documentation that demonstrates compliance with all of the stated requirements. The Applicant must be aware that the application process is very extensive and shall require a significant amount of time to complete and that the Applicant must conduct a thorough review of the application prior to submission. The Applicant is responsible for submitting a complete application that contains all items listed in the General Membership Application Requirements Confirmation Checklist.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If an application is submitted with missing requirements/items, IDEA Staff will return the application. The Applicant is required to wait thirty (30) days before resubmitting the application. The Applicant may only resubmit an application one (1) additional time after initial submission. If the application is not complete in the resubmission, IDEA Staff will inform the Applicant that the application is closed. The Applicant must wait twelve (12) months from the date of notification to submit a new application for Membership.

There are certain prerequisites that the Applicant must meet prior to submitting the application. In the Application Preparation Phase, the Applicant must complete the following:

  • Purchase and implement IDEA-QMS-9090 (available here)
  • Achieve compliance to IDEA-QMS-9090 for a minimum of thirty (30) days
  • Download and complete the General Membership Application Packet
  • Download and read the IDEA Membership Manual

Applications will not be accepted if the minimum compliance requirement of thirty (30) days has not been met by the Applicant. Applications must be submitted after achieving this requirement. No application documents or information, whether partial or complete, will be accepted until the Applicant meets this requirement.

After meeting the minimum thirty (30) day compliance requirement and submission of a complete application, the Applicant can expect the following timeline for each process phase if there are no issues that occur throughout the process:

  • Phase 1: Initial Application Submission - ~4-8 weeks
  • Phase 2: IDEA-QMS-9090 Compliance Verification Audit - ~2-8 weeks
  • Phase 3: Membership and Ethics Oversight Committee Review and Vote - ~2-8 weeks (depending on meeting schedule)
  • Phase 4: IDEA-ICE-3000 Inspector Certification - ~within forty-five (45) days of conditional Membership Approval
  • Phase 5: Membership Granted - ~2-4 weeks

Please reference the complete Process Outline of the Membership Application and Determination Process in the IDEA Membership Manual.

The IDEA General Membership Application Packet may be downloaded by following the links below.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION DOCUMENT PACKET

All documents included in the General Membership Application Document Package below must be completed and submitted in accordance with the Application Instructions.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If an application is submitted with missing requirements/items, IDEA Staff will return the application. The Applicant is required to wait thirty (30) days before resubmitting the application. The Applicant may only resubmit an application one (1) additional time after initial submission. If the application is not complete in the resubmission, IDEA Staff will inform the Applicant that the application is closed. The Applicant must wait twelve (12) months from the date of notification to submit a new application for Membership.

 

General Membership Application Instructions

IDEA General Membership Manual

General Membership Application and Agreement

IDEA Policy and Agreement for Informational Data Access and Provision

IDEA Share Program Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement

IDEA Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy and Agreement

IDEA Code of Ethics Acknowledgement

Trademark Usage Policy for the IDEA Logo

IDEA-ICE-3000 Inspector Exam General Application

 

 

The Qualified Program Participant Company (QPPC) - Test Services Program is available to companies that are Test Services Companies.

ANNUAL PROGRAM FEE

The Annual Program Fee for the QPPC - Test Services program is $2,000 US.

Please follow the links below to access detailed information regarding Membership Requirements, application documents, and application process instructions and timeline.

QPPC - TEST SERVICES REQUIREMENTS

  • Company must be in business for at least five (5) years or be owned by a parent company that has been in business for at least five (5) years.
  • Company must AS9100 (Revision C or newer) certified by a registrar who is accredited by a certifying body who is an Accreditation Body Member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) or certified to an equivalent certification as determined by IDEA Staff.
  • Company must be certified to ANSI/ESD S20.20 by an ESDA Accredited Certification Body, IEC 61340-5-1, or equivalent as determined by IDEA.
  • Company must provide objective evidence via a copy of documentation from its certified Quality Management System (QMS) (i.e., Quality Manual, procedures, and instructions) that IDEA-STD-1010 is part of the company's inspection program and documented as such in their QMS.
  • Company must provide objective evidence via a copy of documentation from its certified QMS (i.e., Quality Manual) that a Moisture Sensitivity Level (MSL) management program for the identification and handling of MSL product is established, including the training of personnel, and is documented as such in their QMS.
  • Company must provide objective evidence that it clearly states the following in any solicitation of services, quotes, statements of work, invoices, and test reports:
    • The clear distinction between functional tests, parametric tests, and counterfeit detection services.
    • Clarification of what constitutes its counterfeit detection services.
    • A successful functionality test does not conclusively guarantee authenticity.
  • Company must provide a copy of its standard quote and/or test form that includes the following information:
    • Quote date
    • Identification of the specific part(s) that shall be tested.
      • Part number
      • Part manufacturer
      • Quantity to be tested
      • Date code(s) and/or lot code(s) (as applicable)
    • List of the specific test(s) that shall be performed on the identified part(s).
      • Include type of test(s) (electrical, counterfeit detection, or both)
      • Include testing temperatures and conditions where applicable
    • If testing to a specification or a datasheet, the specific parameters tested should be listed or exceptions identified. A list of specific result(s) shall also be obtained from the specific test(s) performed.
    • For all independent distributor customers and at the completion of test development, a data log of one tested device shall be provided to prove what was tested matches the quoted parameters.
      • Parameters of tests that are not identified on the data log should be clarified in a description provided by the test lab.
    • Price
    • Completion date
    • Any deviation from the Company's policy and its standard terms and conditions
    • Length of period of time the quote is valid
  • Company must complete at least one IDEA-ICE-3000 Inspector Certification for each ship-to-customer location. Thereafter, the certification is non-transferable and may not be advertised by the third party. Upon approval of Qualified Program Participant status by the Membership and Ethics Oversight (M&EO) Committee, a new Qualified Program Participant Company (QPPC) has forty-five (45) days to attain at least one Inspector Certification for each ship-to-customer location in order to be approved as an IDEA QPPC.
  • Company must provide objective evidence confirming possession of all minimum equipment required per the Equipment and Tools table in IDEA-STD-1010. Please include equipment list, quantity, and photos of at least one (1) of each item required.
  • The Company's IDEA Representative must be a member of Executive Management in the Company as approved by IDEA Staff.
  • Company must agree to abide by the IDEA QPPC Code of Ethics through signature by the designated IDEA Representative and circulate it once a year to IDEA-ICE-3000 Certified Inspectors.
  • Company must agree to abide by the IDEA QPPC Manual through signature by the designated IDEA Representative.
  • Company must fulfill a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of contribution to IDEA activities per year to maintain QPPC status.
  • Company and any equity holders that hold in excess of 20% of shares or company officer(s) must pass a thorough background check and shall not have a criminal record involving conduct relevant to the Industry or postings on public places that could reasonable be expected to embarrass IDEA or cause harm to IDEA or its Members' brands and images.
  • Company cannot operate out of a residential structure or shipping services address.
  • Company may not use multiple aliases without acceptable explanation as determined by IDEA.
  • Company may not use multiple aliases without acceptable explanation as determined by IDEA.
  • Company must provide its state and municipal business licenses and certificates of "Good Standing."
  • Company must submit information about any ERAI and GIDEP reports that have been filed on the Company within four (4) years prior to applying to become an IDEA QPPC or while an IDEA QPPC.
  • Company cannot appear on any of the following lists found on the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security website within four (4) years prior to applying to become an IDEA QPPC or while an IDEA QPPC:
    • The EPLS Government listing*
    • The Denied Persons List**
    • The Unverified List**
    • The Entity List**
    • The Specially Designated Nationals List**
    • The Debarred List**
    • The Nonproliferation Sanctions List**

*http://www.sam.gov
**http://www.bis.doc.gov/complianceandenforcement/liststocheck.htm

  • Company, company owners, employees, and common principals shall not generate revenue or profit solely as a result of component purchasing services and/or trading or brokering.
  • Company, company owners, employees, and common principals shall not be owned (in part or in total) by a distributor (broker) and/or shall not have ownership of a distributor (broker).
  • Company must not have any unresolved issues the the M&EO Committee considers inconsistent with IDEA's mission and QPPC Code of Ethics. Such issues include, but are not limited to, credit or nonsufficient funds issues, counterfeit parts issues, or poor business practices. A the M&EO Committee's discretion, any unresolved issues may require a written explanation followed by a subsequent review by the M&EO Committee.
  • Company must provide three (3) government, medical, automotive, or aviation OEM references, three (3) independent distribution references, at least one (1) of which must be an IDEA Member; and three (3) supplier references.
  • Company shall agree to an annual audit of test records to be included in the annual QPPC renewal process. The audit shall be conducted as a desktop or paper audit. This audit ensures that the tests performed match the tests quoted to the end customer and that the requirements by the end customer for testing were completed. If the customer required testing that was not performed, documented evidence of the customer's approval must be available. The data log shall be compared to the customer specification as well as to the test program. Note: All IDEA QPPCs and Applicants shall agree to be subject to an onsite compliance verification audit by IDEA Staff or their contracted services at the discretion of the IDEA Executive Director.
  • Various items of objective evidence as requested by IDEA are listed in the IDEA QPPC Application Requirements Compliance Checklist to evaluate conformance with the above requirements.

Approval of IDEA QPPC status will only be granted if the applicant has been found to meet the above requirements, as demonstrated by at least a supermajority (75%) vote of the M&EO Committee after reviewing or receiving a report of the Applicant's compliance with the above requirements.

IDEA QPPC CODE OF ETHICS

Qualified Program Participant Company (QPPC) status in the Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (referred to below as IDEA, or the Association) is a privilege extended to those organizations who meet the eligibility requirements, and is not a right. QPPC status may be continued unless the Membership and Ethics Oversight (M&EO) Committee determines that the conduct of a QPPC has been such, that in the best interests of IDEA, the QPPC should be suspended or their QPPC status terminated.

This Code of Ethics has been duly adopted by the Board of Trustees under the authority vested in it by the IDEA Bylaws.

  • The QPPC will support and acknowledges that it is subject to the IDEA Bylaws, as from time to time amended, and all such resolutions, and policies as may from time to time be established or adopted by the Board of Trustees of IDEA.
  • The QPPC will conduct commerce in a moral and ethical manner so as to bring no discredit to IDEA, nor to diminish the prestige of Membership and other QPPCs therein. The QPPC will make commercially reasonable efforts to ensure all of its employees and representatives will conduct themselves in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws. Any act or behavior that is deemed to be in violation of QPPC program standards, upon review of the M&EO Committee, may result in QPPC status termination under such rules relating to termination as may from time to time be in force.
  • The QPPC will employ commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that all products it sells have clear title, are free of liens, and conform to all applicable IDEA Standards that are then in force.
  • The QPPC will not knowingly misrepresent services. The QPPC will employ commercially reasonable efforts, and in any event not less than such efforts as may from time to time be required under all IDEA Standards then in force, to ensure truth in advertising.
  • The QPPC will give advice to its clientele in the course of its business operations to the best of its ability.
  • The QPPC will only use the IDEA QPPC Logo(s) in accordance with the Association’s Trademark Usage Policy for the IDEA QPPC Logo.
  • If a QPPC is found to have breached this Code, that fact may be disclosed to the public.
  • If a Formal Inquiry (as defined in form number IDEA-1002) is filed against a QPPC, resignation will not preclude the completion of the Formal Inquiry Process by the M&EO Committee if it elects to continue such process and the publication of the results of its investigation, and the QPPC shall continue to cooperate in the conduct of that process until its completion.

Approved by the Membership and Ethics Oversight Committee on February 12, 2014.

QPPC - TEST SERVICES APPLICATION AND DETERMINATION PROCESS

The IDEA Qualified Program Participant Company (QPPC) Application and Determination Process requires all Applicants to prepare a comprehensive application packet with supplementary documentation that demonstrates compliance with all of the stated requirements. The Applicant must be aware that the application process is very extensive and shall require a significant amount of time to complete and that the Applicant must conduct a thorough review of the application prior to submission. The Applicant is responsible for submitting a complete application that contains all items listed in the QPPC - Test Services Application Requirements Compliance Checklist.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If an application is submitted with missing requirements/items, IDEA Staff will return the application. The Applicant is required to wait thirty (30) days before resubmitting the application. The Applicant may only resubmit an application one (1) additional time after initial submission. If the application is not complete in the resubmission, IDEA Staff will inform the Applicant that the application is closed. The Applicant must wait twelve (12) months from the date of notification to submit a new application for QPPC status.

There are certain prerequisites that the Applicant must meet prior to submitting the application. In the Application Preparation Phase, the Applicant must complete the following:

  • Download and complete the QPPC - Test Services Application Packet
  • Download and read the IDEA QPPC - Test Services Manual

After the submission of a complete application, the Applicant can expect the following timeline for each process phase if there are no issues that occur throughout the process:

  • Phase 1: Initial Application Submission - ~4-8 weeks
  • Phase 2: Membership and Ethics Oversight Committee Review and Vote - ~2-8 weeks (depending on meeting schedule)
  • Phase 3: IDEA-ICE-3000 Inspector Certification - ~within forty-five (45) days of conditional QPPC Approval
  • Phase 4: QPPC Status Granted - ~2-4 weeks

Please reference the complete Process Outline of the QPPC - Test Services Application and Determination Process in the IDEA QPPC - Test Services Manual.

The IDEA QPPC - Test Services Application Packet may be downloaded by following the links below.

QPPC - TEST SERVICES APPLICATION DOCUMENT PACKET

All documents included in the QPPC - Test Services Application Document Package below must be completed and submitted in accordance with the Application Instructions.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If an application is submitted with missing requirements/items, IDEA Staff will return the application. The Applicant is required to wait thirty (30) days before resubmitting the application. The Applicant may only resubmit an application one (1) additional time after initial submission. If the application is not complete in the resubmission, IDEA Staff will inform the Applicant that the application is closed. The Applicant must wait twelve (12) months from the date of notification to submit a new application for QPPC status.

 

IDEA QPPC - Test Services Application Instructions

IDEA QPPC - Test Services Manual

IDEA QPPC - Test Services Application and Agreement

IDEA QPPC Policy and Agreement for Informational Data Access and Provision

IDEA QPPC Share Program Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement

IDEA QPPC Intellectual Property Rights Policy and Agreement

IDEA QPPC Code of Ethics and Acknowledgement

Trademark Usage Policy for the IDEA QPPC Logo

IDEA-ICE-3000 QPPC - Test Services Application

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