Design Registration

After many years, ECIA has updated the old NEDA Design Registration form.

NEDA has long maintained the Design Registration form for our industry. Widely used, this form has not been updated since the mid-1990s. A committee of Component Manufacturers, Distributors, and Manufacturers Reps met and updated the old NEDA form.


Among others, the following changes have been made.

  • Refreshed the form updating it with current information (no pager #’s)
  • Instead of 1 customer, there are 3:
    • End customer
    • Purchasing Customer
    • Design Customer
  • Addition of Manufacturers Rep contact
  • Some updated pricing fields

Find the new form here and the Design Registrations Best Practices document here.

The ECIA Design Registration Form addresses the authorized electronic components industry’s need for a standardized methodology for design registration requests and approval. There are many options for transmitting Design Registration data. These may include EDI, RosettaNet, manufacturer web portal, etc. An industry survey showed that some companies use these electronic transactions, however, the large majority of companies were using Email and a form based on the old NEDA form. This new ECIA form should be used for email transmissions and as a guide when designing web access options.

Design Registration Overview

The current demand creation process is one in which a distributor and/or manufacturer rep works with designers to include a suppliers’ part in a design. During this process a supplier acknowledges the distributors efforts by assigning a design registration number through the use of the ECIA design registration form or supplier website form. The assembly is tracked to its manufacturing location and the purchase of the components through the distributor. The distributor is usually compensated for the design work through advantageous pricing of the components which enhances the distributor’s ability to win the production order at an acceptable margin.

The demand creation process is valuable for suppliers in that distributors and reps are working on their behalf to introduce new products and to include their parts in new designs. The process works successfully when the supply chain can track the assembly to the manufacturing location and fill the order for the designed in components. The process is completed when a fair return is paid to the distributor and rep and is reflected in the P&L for the designing organization as well as in the compensation for the rep.