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September 27, 2022


ECIA Publishes Guidance for NC/NR Industry Practices
Document outlines definitions and guidelines for non-cancelable/non-returnable product terms

Atlanta — The ECIA Councils assigned the GIPC (Global Industry Practices Committee) to review the NC/NR document published by NEDA in 2002. A work group was formed composed of distributors, manufacturers, and manufacturers’ representatives. It is their intent to help clarify the use of the NCNR process in the electronic component authorized channel by publishing updated industry guidelines and communicating these best practices to the industry, both ECIA members and non-members.

The electronic components authorized channel partners have been dealing with an expanding range of supply chain challenges across regions and around the world. 

“After looking into current practices, the work group concluded that the component supply chain needed to abridge the document,” explained ECIA VP of Industry Practices Don Elario. “Manufacturers should have a process to identify and notify their authorized distributors of NC/NR product at the time of quote, with the process applied consistently across all a manufacturer’s product/marketing departments and authorized distributors,” he continued. “We believe by publishing and disseminating these Guidelines, we can help drive efficiencies for transactions across the supply chain.”

The document includes an explanation of the need for the Guidelines, as well as a sample form that can be used for the transactions. These Guidelines are available for members and non-members and companies are urged to take advantage of them.

The document can be downloaded at

About ECIA

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. For more information, visit or call 678-393-9990.