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AS9100: What it is and how it relates to ISO 9001

Author: Mark Hammar

AS9100 is a set of guidelines for implementing a Quality Management System for use by aviation, space and defense organizations (often referred to as the aerospace industry). The standard is produced by the International Aerospace Quality Group, which includes representatives from aerospace companies worldwide. The document is sometimes mistaken as “ISO 9100”; however, AS9100 is not maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Instead, it builds on the requirements for a Quality Management System as defined in the ISO 9001 Quality Management System requirements. The current version of the document, released in 2009, is AS9100C, which is updated to incorporate the requirements of the ISO 9001 version issued in 2008.

AS9100: How it is structured

The AS9100 standard follows exactly the clauses in the ISO 9001 standard. The content of the standard is identical to that of ISO 9001 with no deletions; however, additional requirements have been added that relate to the needs of stakeholders in the aerospace industry. In order to make the additions easy to recognize, they are in bold and italics in the document.

What additions have been made?

The main additions in AS9100 occur in the primary sections on “Product Realization” and “Measurement, Analysis and Improvement.” The main sections added are for Project Management, Risk Management, Configuration Management and Control of Work Transfers. Additionally, there are many updates to the requirements for the Design and Development, Purchasing, Production and Non-conforming Product processes.

The main point to remember on this standard is that it is designed by the aerospace industry specifically for aerospace companies and has little application outside this industry.

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