Aerospace Standards

What Is AS 9100?

AS 9100 is a certification based on a standard published by the Society of Automotive Engineers in the Americas (SAE). Initially released in October 1999 by the Society of Automotive Engineers in the Americas and the European Association of Aerospace Industries in Europe, and shortly thereafter by standards organizations in Japan and Asia, AS 9100 was a cooperative effort of the International Aerospace Quality Group. As such, it combines and harmonizes requirements outlined in the SAE’s AS 9000’s and Europe’s prEN9000-1 standards.

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What Industries Are Served By AS 9100?

  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Aviation
  • Space

How Are Revisions Made to AS 9100?

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Our core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. Much like ISO and other standard development bodies, they rely on technical committees. The Technical Committees are responsible for the preparation, development and maintenance of all relevant technical reports within their scope. Technical Committees consist of experts from government, industry, regulatory agencies and academia.falcon-2382565_640 (1)

Current AS 9100 Version

Revision D to AS 9100 was released in October 2016, with a September 15, 2018 transition deadline. AS 9100 is built upon ISO 9001:2015, which also has a September 15, 2018 deadline; with a few additional requirements. Simultaneous certification to ISO 9001 is NOT required for certification for AS 9100, but by certifying to AS 9100 you will have met all requirements for ISO 9001 certification so it is up to you to decide whether to proceed with auditing and certifying to both standards or not.

AS 9100 Compared to ISO 9001

An excellent breakdown by Quality Digest summarizes how the two standards compare. There are many similarities between ISO 9001 and AS 9100, including leadership focused on quality, continual improvement, enhanced customer focus, and involving people in the process.

airbus-872470_640The differences between the standards, per Quality Digest, include:

  • Planning for Product Realization – emphasizing risk assessment and risk mitigation
  • Design & Development – verification and validation, as well as requirements for documentation and testing of these stages
  • Purchasing & Purchased Product – focusing on supplier control including vendors
  • Product Monitoring & Measurements – rules governing quality measuring capacities including criteria for rejection and non-conformity processes

Curious about AS 9100 and what it can do for you? Join us for a free educational webinar on July 26, 2018 at 2 PM (Eastern). We will cover AS 9100 requirements and the certification process. We hope to see you there!

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