AS 9100:2016 – Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Organizations

Aerospace Standard 9100:2016- Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Organizations

AS9100 is the international Quality Management System standard for the Aviation, Space and Defense (AS&D) industry, created by the IAQG, and AS9100 Rev D (2016) is the most recent version. The standard provides suppliers with requirements for creating and maintaining a comprehensive quality system for providing safe and reliable products to the ASD industry, as well as civil & military aviation requirements. “AS9100 Certified” means an organization has met the requirements of AS9100D. It’s applicable to any type of organization, regardless of the size, type or its core business.



What has changed?

The major changes between the 2008 and 2015 ISO revisions include: the introduction of more high-level structures; standardized core definitions; and increased efficiency so that requirements of multiple management systems are addressed. In addition to this, ISO 9001:2015 focuses more on the customer; managing risk, control of outsourcing and externally purchased products.

These changes are also reflected in the AS9100:2016 Revision D update. The 12 main changes to be aware of are:

  1. Product Safety: A separate clause has been added in to specific areas.
  2. Product Realisation and Planning: The requirements for this have been clarified and enhanced throughout the whole standard.
  3. Design Development and Supplier Management: Some text from ISO has been added back into the standard to meet the needs of the IAQG.
  4. Human Factors: This has been added with consideration to nonconformity and corrective actions.
  5. Counterfeit Parts Prevention: This has been added in as a separate clause.
  6. Post-Delivery Support: The current 9100 requirements have been merged with those of the new ISO standards.
  7. Risk: The 9100 requirements have been merged with the ISO standard to emphasise the risks within operations.
  8. Configuration Management: This has been improved considerably to address the needs of stakeholders.
  9. Management Representative Requirement: This has been added back in for QMS oversight.
  10. Preventive Action: The current clause requirements have been absorbed into the risk and non-conformance clauses.
  11. Quality Manual: A note has been added to highlight the requirements that a Quality Manual consists of.
  12. Project Management: This has been combined with the Operation Planning clause so that issues with user interpretation are addressed.


Benefits of AS 9100:

  • Increased productivity
  • Customer satisfaction improved
  • Well defined and documented procedures improve the consistency of output
  • Quality is constantly measured
  • Procedures ensure corrective action is taken whenever defects occur
  • Non conformity rates decrease
  • Non conformity are caught earlier and are corrected at a lower cost
  • Defining procedures identifies current practices that are obsolete or inefficient
  • Documented procedures are easier for new employees to follow
  • Organizations retain or increase market share.
  • Increasing sales or revenues.
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