What is AS9100

AS9100C certification is the latest revision of the AS9100 Aerospace quality management standard and has expanded to include additional requirements for aviation, space and defence industries. The certification establishes a unified standard for quality parts and delivery. It is used and supported by the world's leading aerospace and defence/military companies, as well as throughout their supply chains.

The AS9100C certification contains all the elements of the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system, however, it includes further requirements necessary for the aerospace and defence industries. Examples of these further requirements include project management, risk management, configuration management and quality processes, many more of which are expanded on below. 

AS9100C Requirements 

AS9100C is both a stamp of approval and reflection that an organisation has the necessary procedures and controls in place to provide the highest quality products that are developed safely and stringently to statutory and regulatory requirements – ultimately, delivering optimum customer service. 

In addition to standard ISO 9001 requirements, the AS9100C certification requires that an organisation: 

  • Demonstrates how suppliers control records
  • Consistently measures product conformity and delivery performance 
  • As well as setting product quality objectives, sets product safety, reliability, availability, maintainability, suitability and disposal objectives
  • As well as specifying product quality requirements, specifies product safety, reliability availability, maintainability, suitability and disposal requirements 
  • Establishes a project, risk and configuration management process
  • Establishes a work transfer control process
  • Determines any unique product requirements from customers 
  • Determines any unique requirements necessary for the product’s intended purpose 
  • Determines any unique product requirements from external organisations  
  • Manages and documents design and development verifications and validation testing 
  • Controls changes in design and development
  • Has more considerable control of their purchasing process
  • Has extended control of verification of purchased products 
  • Has extended control of production and service, including process, equipment & tools
  • Ensures product preservation process is in accordance with relevant requirements 
  • Extensively monitors and measures equipment 
  • Consistently make improvements and resolve issues within their QMS 

AS9100 Revision C (2009)

The update of AS9100 from revision B to C is largely to address the following question: 

“Our supplier is repeatedly late on delivery and failing to meet our requirements, how is possible that they still have their AS9100 certificate?”

The AS9100C changes are driven by repeated delivery of non-conforming product and repeated late delivery by organisations that held AS9100A/B certifications. Those organisations had documented controls that conformed to the standard, but there were insufficient processes in place to assure effectiveness of those controls. 

The response in this AS9100 revision is to elevate the requirements for Risk Management and to make Risk Management an integrated theme throughout the standard. 

The Importance of Choosing an AS9100C Compliant Aerospace Manufacturer

It is important to choose an aerospace manufacturer that is AS9100C compliant. An AS9100C certification is a mark of quality and reliability in the aerospace industry. Regardless of the application, thanks to its global recognition and unified standard, our AS1900C certification means that aerospace companies can trust that they will receive the highest quality products, delivered reliably every time.

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