DOD, GSA, and NASA Propose to Clarify Use of Higher-Quality Testing Standards to Minimize Counterfeit Items in Government Contracts

February 19, 2014

DOD, GSA, and NASA Propose to Clarify Use of Higher-Quality Testing Standards to Minimize Counterfeit Items in Government Contracts

On December 3, 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a proposed rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify when to use higher-quality standards to avoid counterfeit items in government contracting. The proposed rule is one of three proposed rules meant to minimize the prevalence of counterfeit items in government contracts. Under this rule, contracting officers are required to assess the likelihood and potential impact of counterfeits in a particular procurement and, where the perceived risk is great, employ higher-level quality standards in the solicitation and resulting contract to mitigate that risk. According to the rule, higher-level quality standards may be justified for the following:

The proposed rule would also amend the FAR to add a contractor’s implementation of higher-level quality standards as an evaluation criterion when conducting a contractor’s purchasing system review. Additionally, the proposed rule would update the FAR by replacing obsolete testing standards with examples of higher-quality testing standards pertaining to counterfeit items. (78 Fed. Reg. 72620, 12/3/13.)






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