Counterfeit, Fraudulent and Suspect Items 

CFSICounterfeit, Fraudulent and Suspect Items is an issue faced by all industries. The criminal mislabelling or misrepresentation of goods affects us all, from sub-standard electronic products in our homes to counterfeit material to be used on a nuclear reactor. There are several issues with CFSIs entering supply chains, including the obvious safety risks associated with sub-par products, which may or may not conform to the relevant safety standards and quality assurance. A less well-known issue of using CFSIs is that the money they generate is often used to support other criminal activities.

In a wider NDT setting, it is good practice to assume that all material purchased could be counterfeit and to request the relevant documentation to prove otherwise. In addition, it may be prudent to independently verify the quality of material and ascertain that it has the expected material properties. Such methods include using a simple bar magnet to check if the material is ferromagnetic or not, a conductivity meter to check electrical conductivity, a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to check stainless steel stabilising elements, etc.

For more information on CFSI see: documents/SCQ/CFSI_Mulitpage_Leaflet_V1.pdf

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