A method includes obtaining (1304) data associated with an electronic component (202a-202n). The method also includes conducting (1306, 1314, 1318) a multi-tier inspection process to verify a conformance of the electronic component. Each of the tiers includes a different type of identification test, and at least one of the tiers is configured to provide fuzzy outputs. The method further includes analyzing (1308) the data associated with the electronic component using one or more first tests associated with a first of the tiers (1306) to determine whether the electronic component conforms to a pre-specified requirement. In addition, the method includes generating an output based on the analysis and determining whether additional testing is required using one or more next-level tests associated with another of the tiers (1314, 1318).