Acquisition Method Code FAQ
- Does every NSN have a AMC?
- Every NATO Stock Number (NSN) is assigned an AMC (Acquisition Method Code) in conjunction with an AMSC (Acquisition Method Suffix Code).
- Do AMC codes change?
- AMC codes change over time based on reviews of the procurement results for a NSN. Typically, as an AMC code is changed, the new code widens the scope of the procurement sources. The widening of scope, or relaxing of restrictions on sources, is normally due to additional technical data being developed on file by the receipt and use of parts providing improved confidence that sources other than the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) can reliably provide the item without compromising the Quality of the Form, Fit and Function of the item.
AMC Code Table
|1||Suitable for competitive acquisition. Potential sources shall include dealers/distributors. If sources are limited to the prime contractor and a subcontractor, a competitive code shall not be assigned unless both sources are expected to compete independently for contracts for the item.|
|2||Suitable for competitive acquisition for the first time. Potential sources shall include dealers/distributors. If sources are limited to the prime contractor and a subcontractor, a competitive code shall not be assigned unless both sources are expected to compete independently for contracts for the item.|
|3||Acquire directly from the actual manufacturer, whether or not the prime contractor is the actual manufacturer.|
|4||Acquire, for the first time, directly from the actual manufacturer rather than the prime contractor who is not the actual manufacturer.|
|5||Acquire only from the prime contractor although the engineering data identifies the Commercial and Government Entity Code (CAGE) and part number of a source other than the prime contractor. The activity assigning this code shall furnish the name and CAGE Code of the prime contractor to the activity responsible for acquiring the part.|