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Safety, airworthiness, product conformity and reliability are all key aspects of AS9100, the aerospace quality standard. These quality requirements are crucial to aerospace OEMs, which maintain high levels of liability for their product standard. Because product performance can be affected by a failure to handle parts and materials correctly, AS9100 addresses the complexity and diversity of the industry's supply chain. The standard takes into consideration the complete life cycle of aerospace products.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines individual manufacturing approvals through its Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and laws mandating compliance. Subsequently, AS9100 is rapidly becoming a prerequisite for doing production in the aerospace business, as many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) only work with suppliers that are certified to the aerospace standard. Also, many International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) member companies have deployed AS9100 within their own organizations.

AS9100 Improves Your Business

The aerospace quality standard is based on ISO 9001:2000, with nearly 100 additional requirements specific to aerospace. AS9100 provides suppliers with a comprehensive quality system focused on areas directly impacting product safety and reliability in the aerospace industry, including:

  • Configuration Management - requires that a management discipline be applied over the life cycle of an aerospace product to provide visibility and control of its functional and physical characteristics;
  • Design - ensures that design responsible organizations have a robust design process to meet safety and reliability requirements demanded by the aerospace industry;
  • Purchasing - requires suitable controls over the organization's entire aerospace supply chain;
  • Product Realization - ensures that each phase of product realization, from planning to shipment, is tightly controlled for delivery of conforming product; and
  • Product Monitoring/Measurement - that defines requirements for product validation prior to shipment.


Status of Aerospace Standards

As of August 17, 2009

AS9100C - Has been published and is available through SAE.

AS9101D - Is the required checklist that accompanies AS9100. The document has not been published. It is at the IAQG level for comment resolution and balloting. Anticipated release date is November 2009.

Auditing to AS9100C - No auditing can begin to AS9100C until a few things take place. 1) AS9101D must be released, 2) IAQG sanctioned training for all auditors takes place. 3) AS9104-1 must be released. This is the requirements document for auditing to AS9100 standards. The anticipated release date is November 2009. No CB can perform accredited audits to AS9100C at this time. QMI-SAI Global will begin performing audits at the earliest point in time as determined by the IAQG.

Sanctioned training - All aerospace auditors will be required to take IAQG sanctioned training. RFP’s have been sent out to training providers to develop the material. (SAI Global is one of them) The training material must be developed within 90 days of release of AS9101D. Once the material is developed, auditors may begin taking the training. There have not been any specifics released regarding the deployment of the training, such as duration and locations. We will manage this once we know the specifics.

AS9100C Transition - Once AS9101D is released, the transition period begins. Organizations will have 30 months to transition from AS9100B to AS9100C. For the first 18 months of the transition period, we can continue to issue certificates to AS9100B. This means companies can pursue initial registration or re-registration to that version of the standard. All organizations holding AS9100B certificates must upgrade within the last 12 months. Upgrade requirements have not been released. Those are defined in AS9104-1.

Status of AS9100B - AS9100B is the only version that can be audited at this time. AS9100B is based on ISO9001:2000. The IAQG position is that they will accept certificates to AS9100B that reference either the 9001:2000 version or the 9001:2008 version. We did not re-issue all aerospace certificates, because there was no requirement to do so. We have had a very small number of clients request their AS9100B certificate to reference 9001:2008. We can do that, or we can issue them a separate ISO9001 certificate.

Quoting - There cannot be any quotes or proposal written to AS9100C. AS9100C audits will be conducted in accordance with AS9104-1, which is not released. AS9104-1 incorporates an all inclusive audit day table. Audit days are going to go up and there are no provisions for reductions.

Scheduling - There cannot be any scheduling activities conducted to AS9100C. The upgrade requirements and audit durations will be defined in the AS9104-1, which is not released.

MOCG is uniquely positioned to assist companies effectively implement the AS9100 requirements for the first time, or improve their existing quality management system to meet the AS 9100 Standard.

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