a. A minimum set of requirements, or information provided by the part manufacturer, which will allow a standard COTS component to be designated AQEC by the manufacturer.
b. As a minimum, each COTS component (designated AQEC) will have been designed, fabricated, assembled, and tested in accordance with the component manufacturer's requirements for standard data book components.
c. Qualification of, and quality systems for, the COTS components to be designated as AQEC shall include the manufacturer's standards, operating procedures, and technical specifications.
d. Components manufactured before the manufacturer has addressed AQEC requirements, but utilizing the same processes, are also considered AQEC compliant.
e. Additional desired attributes of a device designated AQEC (that will support AQEC users) are found in Appendix B of this standard.
NOTE: Parts qualified to military specifications (except those identified as being for "logistic support purposes only" and/or having expressed limitations on their airborne use) are considered AQEC; the remainder of this standard only addresses non-military specification parts.