The AEROSPACE STANDARD 9100 is based on ISO 9001 and with the release of ISO 9001:2015, the AS 9100 standard is currently undergoing revisions as well. The new and revised AS 9100:2016 standard is currently scheduled for release in April 2016. The reason for the release of this standard is that the AS 9100 series (AS9110, AS9115 and AS 9120) is based on ISO 9001, therefore, it is affected by the newly revised ISO 9001:2015 published in September 2015.
The primary objective of this standard is to add clarity, enhance ease of use, while addressing to retain alignment with the ISO 9001:2015, while also addressing specific aerospace industry (Aviation, Space, and Defense) and interested parties / Stakeholders needs including the DCMA. Since the release of the ISO 9001:2015, the AAQG (Americas Aerospace Quality Group) identified and highlighted the following key changes and areas of focus for the AS 9100:2016.
Key AS 9100 Changes
- High level structure (HLS) – Annex SL
- Risk-based thinking
- Process approach strengthened and more explicit with integration of the QMS into organization’s context
- Concept of preventive action now addressed throughout the standard by risk identification and mitigation
- Emphasis on change management
- Introduction of knowledge management
- Clearer understanding of the organization’s context
- Aligning QMS policy and objectives with the strategy of the organization
- Explicit performance evaluation requirements
- Greater flexibility with documentation
- More compatible with services
NEW AND REVISED AREAS OF FOCUS IN THE AS 9100 SERIES
- Product Safety: Added in carefully selected areas with consideration of current 9110 requirements.
- Human Factors: Added as a consideration in the Nonconformity/Correction Action Clause.
- Risk: Merged with current 9100 series (operation) requirements with the new ISO 9001 requirements on Risk
- Preventive Action: Current clause requirements absorbed into Risks, Opportunities, and Nonconformity clause
- Counterfeit Parts: Enhanced in carefully select areas while successfully limiting new requirements.
- Project Management: Combined with Operation Planning clause to address user interpretation issues.
- Configuration Management: Clause clarified and improved considerably to address stakeholder needs
- Product Realization & Planning: Clarified and enhanced planning throughout the standard.
- Post Delivery Support: Merged current 9100 requirements with the new ISO 9001 requirements.
- Management Representative: QMS Oversight- Requirement added back in for Management Representative
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