RosettaNet, a not-for-profit consortium which develops business process standards for global trade networks, recently announced the creation of a new electronic Certificate of Analysis (eCofA) standard.
When suppliers sell materials to manufacturers, they are required to make declarations about the material's quality and purity. These declarations are made by submitting an electronic Certificate of Analysis and are particularly important when dealing with materials like restricted chemicals that may represent a risk due to toxicity, abuse and potential misapplication.
Recently, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), a 9000-member voluntary supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, recommended that businesses improve the security of their supply chain communications. RosettaNet's new electronic Certificate of Analysis standard meets recent government recommendations, like C-TPAT's, for secure communications.
Development of the new electronic Certificate of Analysis standard was led by the RosettaNet Semiconductor Manufacturing Council, which includes representatives from Air Products and Chemicals, IBM, InSync Software, Intel, Linde Electronics and ATMI.
"This RosettaNet electronic Certificate of Analysis program is just another example of the power of collaboration. RosettaNet provided the environment for this diverse team of companies to come together and create an innovative solution to a common business challenge. We now have a solution that is standardized, cost efficient and has improved the supply chain communication between business partners," said Larren Olsen, chair of the RosettaNet Semiconductor Manufacturer Council and Director of Materials Business Solutions for Intel. "Everyone shares in these benefits, and as this new standard is proliferated -- the savings will be exponential across the industry."