Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Test Methods
This document defines capabilities and limitations of Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) as it pertains to detection of suspect/counterfeit EEE parts and suggests possible applications to these ends. Additionally, this document outlines requirements associated with the application of GC/MS including: operator training; sample preparation; various sampling techniques; data interpretation; computerized spectral matching; equipment maintenance; and reporting of data. The discussion is limited to unit mass resolution spectrometers such as quadrupole systems and electron impact ionization.
Rationale: This document is intended to provide guidance for those unfamiliar with GC/MS towards its use for detection of counterfeit EEE parts. Additionally it is intended to provide guidelines for the application of GC/MS for operators and end users of the technique and to define the compliance requirements for laboratories using this technique.