DOD wants unique ID tags on all products

The Defense Department is requiring contractors to mark items delivered under Defense contracts with unique identification tags.

Effective on April 22, the final rule also requires contractors to identify the acquisition costs for all delivered items, regardless of dollar value.

The UID markings can be made directly on an item or by permanently affixing a two-dimensional data bar code on the item.

Some exceptions to the final rule include items used to support contingency operations; items used to assist in the defense against or recovery from nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological attack; and commercial items acquired from a small business when the government deems it is more cost-effective to assign, mark and register the UID after delivery.

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