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Overview of AS9100

The AS9100 family of standards is an ISO 9001 based standard with additions and interpretations specific to the aerospace industry with emphasis placed on areas having the greatest impact on safety, reliability and regulatory compliance for aerospace products.

The latest revision to AS9100 is published as AS9100D in the US and coded as EN9100:2016 in Europe. This version is aligned to the ISO9001: 2015 and adopted risk based thinking and process approach within the new ten-clause Annex SL framework. The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) publishes these standards.

Benefits of Implementing AS9100

AS9000 scheme benefits the aerospace supply chain. Some of the benefits include:
  • Harmonizing quality management requirements
  • Sharing best practices in the aviation, space and defense industry
  • Access to worldwide aerospace supply chain
  • Promoting quality culture within the aerospace industry

AS 9100 Training Programmes

  • Understanding AS9100 QMS Requirements
  • AS9100 Internal Auditing



How different is AS9100 from ISO 9001?
For one, regulatory requirements are critical functions within the industry. The requirements within AS9100 are complementary to contractual and applicable law and regulations. The requirements of customers, regulatory agencies (such as the FAA and the JAA) and local, state and national laws are also referenced within the system's documentation.

Another is the AS9100 standard provides guidance for managing variation when a "key characteristic" is identified. Features of a material, process or part in which the variation has a significant influence on product fit, performance, service life or manufacturability are key characteristics and the organisation has to establish and document a configuration management process.

Given the complexity of aerospace products and customers' expectations for reliable performance during a protracted period of time, AS9100 includes extensive supplementation in design-and-development functions. Design outputs are supplemented to provide identification of key characteristics, and the data essential for the product that will be identified, manufactured, inspected, used and maintained is detailed.
What are the AS9100 family of standards?

The AS9100 QMS family comprise the following three standards:

AS9100 - Quality Management Systems - Aerospace
The AS-9100 is a Quality Management System (QMS) standard defined specifically by and for the aerospace industry. Published in the late 1999, it was developed by the ISO Aerospace Technical Committee 20 in conjunction with the American Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG), the European Association of Aerospace Industries (AECMA) and other similar international bodies from Brazil, China, Japan, and Mexico. 

AS9110 - Quality Maintenance Systems - Aerospace
Requirements for Maintenance Organisations. AS9110 focuses on the maintenance, repair and overhaul aspects of the aerospace business. Aircraft are designed to perform for 50 years or longer, but properly maintaining them is essential for the product's total life cycle and continued safe operation. AS9110 is used to complement the expanded use of ISO 9001 by major aerospace repair stations worldwide.

AS9120 - Quality Management Systems - Aerospace 
Requirements for Stockist Distributors. AS9120 focuses on organisations that deal directly with OEMs and accumulate aerospace materials and products for resale. These distributors or stockists while providing a useful service, can affect product performance if they fail to handle parts and materials correctly or lose a part's chain of custody from the OEM to the customer.

AS9120 complements AS9100 and may be used by OEMs or others in the aerospace supply chain. This standard applies to "pass through" distributors (i.e., businesses that accumulate and distribute parts and materials rather than add value or work on the products themselves). Value-added distributors are subject to the appropriate requirements of AS9100.
Does AS9100 apply to you?
AS9100 certification can be used throughout the entire aerospace supply chain including the design and manufacture of airport and airline operations, replacement parts, supply and maintenance, cargo handling, overhaul and repair depots and flight operations.  If you provide the above mentioned services, it applies to your organisation.
Is certification to AS9100 necessary ?
Apart from the fact that major aircraft engine manufacturers, such as General Electric's Aircraft Engine division (GEAE), Boeing, Rolls-Royce Allison and Pratt & Whitney, are requiring their suppliers to be certified to AS9100, Certification to the AS9100 standard provides:
  • Qualification to be considered as an aerospace supplier
  • Public recognition
  • Internal validation
  • Independent feedback to foster continual improvement

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