FBDI, Germany’s component distribution association has taken a new initiative on component traceability. It has established a Traceability work group which will work to integrate the latest requirements of the legislative authority (which includes market surveillance, new product security regulations, EN 9120 traceability standard) into the existing FBDi Traceability guideline.
Monitoring of the relevant legislation will also be on the agenda, as well as the discussion on proposals for policy documents.
Originally introduced in 2009, the FBDi Traceability guideline defines a common minimum standard for members along the supply chain, in order to avoid redundant work steps and determine responsibilities accurately. This is based on the ‘one step forward – one step backward’ rule, which refers to the definition of legal forward tracking and backwards traceability as a form of risk assessment without a transfer of know-how. The guideline also differentiates between product and process traceability.
The traceability of electronic components refers to the ability to trace batches seamlessly, in order to keep costs as low as possible in the event of a claim. The conclusive identification of components necessitates precise traceability, which provides information about the origin of the components and the subsequent course of events related to them.


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