Where the Electronics Supply Chain Comes Together

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. 

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ECIA Update from David Loftus, President and CEO

To Our Valued Members,

When I took on the role of CEO of ECIA at the beginning of 2020 I never imagined I would be getting to know everyone over a series of webcam calls! While it has been challenging, there is also an upside: we have been able to step up Board and Council communications and spend quality video chat time with probably more of you than we would have pre-Covid. Your Board, Councils, Committee members and ECIA staff have been working non-stop through all of this and great strides have been made in addressing industry issues. Let me fill you in on some of the activities:

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COVID-19 Management: Business Operations Modifications & Reopening Schedules

06/22 Synopsis of Results of Manufacturer & Distributor Survey Ended June 22, 2020

Don Elario, Vice President of Industry Practices
Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

As pandemic restrictions begin to transition toward a less restrictive environment, business managers across the country are planning and implementing their reopening strategies.  Lessons have been learned through this crisis that will influence both near- and long-term plans and operating procedures. Looking at the state of the electronics components supply chain and the need to carefully manage the process of reopening, ECIA has conducted survey of electronic component manufacturers and distributors to gauge how companies are modifying their business operations and their progress in adopting best practices recommendations published by the ECIA Industry Practices teams.

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A World of Best Practices

The Global Industry Practices Committee (GIPC) has reached the halfway point in its roadmap for the Digital Certificate of Compliance Project with the completion of a successful pilot program between Analog Devices, Inc. and Mouser Electronics. The mission of the project is to streamline the process to digitally exchange compliance documentation such as manufacturers’ certificates of compliance. The industry benefits will be improved efficiency for the exchange of documents, reduction in costs associated with the current manual, paper driven process and improved visibility and availability of information.

The pilot program was launched by Analog Devices’ global operations team who worked with Mouser Electronics to create a simple, easy to implement system using readily available digital processes. “With the pilot phase now complete, this initial innovation now can be adopted by other manufacturers and distributors who will further refine it and bring more efficiencies to the supply chain,”  said Phil Fraser, Director of Distribution at Analog Devices.  The project is on schedule based on the initial timeline developed in 2019. 

“We were excited to work with our valued manufacturer partner Analog Devices on this new streamlined process,” said Pete Shopp, Mouser Electronics’ Senior Vice President of Business Operations. “This is a great first step in modernizing a very manual, paper-intensive administrative burden. We look forward to engaging with our other manufacturer partners on the new paperless Certificate of Compliance process. In addition, we plan to work with our global customer base to provide them the ADI C of C’s electronically.”

For more information about this important project, review the roadmap document.

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From our COO and General Counsel

Robin B. Gray, Jr. 

06/23 COVID-19: Considerations for Returning to Work 

Returning to work can present businesses with a number of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is especially true with regard to employee safety and compliance with existing government regulations.  Two Federal agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have recently issued COVID-19 guidance for employers.

Exposure to COVID-19 is considered a workplace hazard for purposes of OSHA compliance.  As such, employers should be cognizant of the application of existing OSHA requirements to the prevention of occupational exposure to COVID-19.  In general, these regulations require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when job hazards warrant it.  OSHA has provided a resource (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/hazardrecognition.html) to assist employers in assessing the risk of exposure to employees.  More recently, the agency has published FAQs (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/covid-19-faq.html#cloth-face-coverings) on wearing masks while at work.  While employers may require employees to wear masks at work, the employer is not required to provide masks. However, it should be noted that cloth face masks are not considered PPE.

The EEOC has provided employers with guidance (https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws) on how COVID-19 restrictions affect the application of disability and discrimination laws.  Of note in the EEOC guidance is the following significant statement: The EEO laws, including the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, continue to apply during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidelines and suggestions made by the CDC or state/local public health authorities about steps employers should take regarding COVID-19. 

The detailed guidance is directed at employers grappling with how to safely return employees to the workforce, particularly those employees with certain underlying conditions The agency guidance includes a FAQ section which answers important questions about testing employees for the virus and temperature checks.  While an employer may require testing for the presence of the virus, the employer cannot require an antibodies test.  There are also responses to questions about reasonable accommodation, discrimination, age, return to work and pregnancy.

As always, ECIA members should stay abreast of state and local restrictions.  In most cases, state and local laws control return to work and the lifting of travel and public gathering restrictions.  ECIA has found this link to be a useful resource in monitoring state restrictions:  https://www.multistate.us/research/covid/public

Please refer to ECIA’s Coronavirus Resources page which is updated as new information is received. 

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2020 ECIA Executive Conference 

October 25-27 | Loews Chicago O'Hare

Save the dates for the 2020 Executive Conference. More than ever, we look forward to reuniting at the industry's premier executive event! 


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July 01, 2020