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.
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.