Today´s world is a window. It is transparent, and you see exactly what is happening on the other side. This has made it much easier for manufacturers of semi-finished and finished articles to check whether a supplier meets the requirements set. The medium providing such transparency is of course the Internet.
Sometimes organisations find out too late, much to their regret and horror, that a supplier does not have the required IPC certifications. Producers and assembly companies in the electronic interconnect industry also face this problem. The result is often angry customers, renewed production, damage to the company image and even actual damage claims.
All this can be prevented by up-front checks on IPC certifications and their validity. Checks can be done quite easily by going to https://www.ipc.org/cert-search. The three data required by the website have to be filled in, and then you can see straight away which IPC certifications your supplier exactly has.