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The following list contains the names of companies that are wrongfully using the IDEA Logo and/or name. Only Members of IDEA are permitted to display the IDEA logo and name. Membership is only granted to an applicant after they have complied with our stringent quality standards, certifications, and other requirements.

IMPORTANT: Please note that the companies below are NOT IDEA Members. You may always confirm the membership status of a company by visiting our Member List online or by contacting our office at 714-670-0200.

Company Name Address Phone
 Date Confirmed
Wrongful Use
Power-V Electronics
Flat/Rm B3, Blk 4/F
Harvest Building
29-35 Wing Kut Street
Central Hong Kong
Yes Technology
Rm 808, Landmark North
39 Lung Sum Avenue
Sheung Shui, Hong Kong
86-755-8398-7896 10/22/2009

IDEA conducts several Training Courses throughout the year that provide orientation to counterfeit mitigation and training based on IDEA-STD-1010: Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market for preparation for the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam. The curriculum offers both lecture and hands-on experience, particularly in examination and the detection of substandard and counterfeit characteristics utilizing both non-magnification and magnification techniques. Seminars are available in both one-day and two-day formats.

The Courses are recommended for a number of professionals within the electronics industry, including management, component engineering, procurement, quality assurance, and inspection personnel. Registrants are not required to be candidates for the IDEA-ICE-3000 Exam.

Note: Successful completion of the IDEA Training Course does not guarantee eligibility for the IDEA-ICE-3000 Exam. Candidates must be employees of an OEM, CM, EMS Provider, or IDEA General Member to meet eligibility requirements for the Exam. All prospective IDEA-ICE-3000 Exam candidates must contact IDEA prior to submitting an Exam application to confirm they have fulfilled all eligibility requirements.

Site-Specific Courses

In addition to public training events, IDEA also offers site-specific Courses. For more information about a private course at your location, please email your inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Training Course Schedule

IDEA offers its Counterfeit Mitigation and Inspection Training Courses in cooperation with EPTAC Corporation. There are both one-day and two-day Training Courses available that focus on IDEA-STD-1010.

To register for any of the courses listed below, contact EPTAC directly at 800-643-7822 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for a printable PDF version of the 2020 IDEA Training Course schedule.


IDEA Counterfeit Component Workshop (IDEA-TRN-2000 - one day)

A basic introduction to Counterfeit Medication and to IDEA–STD–1010, including methods for the visual detection of counterfeit and substandard characteristics through a hands-on workshop. A unique opportunity to examine real components with live, on-site microscopic magnification to obtain experience in the visual inspection techniques of IDEA–STD–1010 and learn how to detect counterfeit components firsthand.

$795.00 per person

April 20 Schaumburg, IL
June 11 Peabody, MA
June 22 San Diego, CA
July 20 Seattle, WA
September 5 Toronto, ON
November 9 Palm Bay, FL
December 11 Santa Clara, CA



IDEA-STD-1010 Essentials (IDEA-TRN-2500 - two day)

Develop an in-depth knowledge of the IDEA–STD–1010 “Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market” standard and a thorough understanding of its contents application and use in the component inspection counterfeit detection process.

$1,295.00 per person

February 7 - 8 Peabody, MA
February 22 - 23 Toronto, ON
March 5 - 6 San Diego, CA
March 15 - 16 Palm Bay, FL
May 31 - Jun 1 Anaheim, CA
June 28 - 29 Santa Clara, CA
August 2 - 3 Peabody, MA
September 26 - 27 Minneapolis, MN
October 3 - 4 Schaumburg, IL
October 9 - 10 Anaheim, CA
October 30 - 31 Kansas City, MO
December 13 - 14 San Diego, CA

The purpose of this page is to provide IDEA Membership a “one stop” location to find information about the RoHS, or as it is commonly referred to as, “The Lead-Free” initiative.

About RoHS

In February of 2003, the European Union published The Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC.  The requirements contained within the directive went into effect on July 1, 2006.  The directive names several substances that are considered hazardous; however, the one that impacts the industry most is the substance lead (Pb).  As a result, the term “lead-free” is often used when referring to the directive.

Article 6 of the original directive stipulates that RoHS undergo regular review. In December 2008, the European Commission announced the findings of its initial review as well as the proposed revisions it suggests to improve the existing version of RoHS. More information and resources will be posted as they become available.

Directive 2002/95/EC – Read it first hand!  Only five short pages long, a PDF of the Restriction of Hazardous Substance in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC.

Summary of Proposed Revisions – This PDF document provides an excellent overview of the proposed changes recommended by the European Commission based upon the findings of its initial review of RoHS.

Electronics Design World Legislation Center - This comprehensive resource provided by Newark contains current news and information regarding RoHS and WEEE regulations, China RoHS, U.S. and Canada Green Laws, and more.

Dionics website – This is an excellent site for describing and interpreting the language of the RoHS directive and much more.

NEDA website – NEDA has performed an excellent job in writing a “DISTRIBUTORS’ POSITION PAPER ON LEAD FREE PRODUCT TRANSITION AND RoHS COMPLIANCE”, complete with a worksheet for manufacturers to use to provide status of their transition plans.  THIS IS A MUST READ SITE!

ARROW website – Contains Arrow’s Manufacturers' Policy & Product on lead-free, as well as links to RoHS and WEEE.

AVNET website – Contains Avnet’s Manufacturers’ Policy & Product on lead-free.

TTI website – Contains Manufacturers' Policy & Product on lead-free

Future Electronics website – Provides basic Q & A.

JEDEC website – From this link you can download free the JESD97 - Marking, Symbols, and Labels for Identification of Lead (Pb) Free Assemblies, Components, and Devices

DesignChain Associates – An informative site for introducing Directive 2002/95/EC.

NetRegs - The NetRegs website is free to use and is regularly updated. Its aim is to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK to understand the complex environmental regulations that can affect them. The site provides guidance on how to comply with environmental law as well as advice on good environmental practice.

Technical Considerations

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Excellent technical information for understanding “tin whiskers which are an effect of tin solder joints, due to the absence of lead.

The Lead-Free Magazine - is brought to you by a consortium of leading companies in the industry: Aqueous Technologies, ASAT, Creative Automation, DEK, Kester, KIC, Kyzen, MVP, Polyonics, Surface Mount Technologies, TYCO and VJ Electronix

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