AS9100, AS9110, AS9120, Quality Management Systems (QMS) for Aerospace
We design and implement Quality Management Systems to meet the requirements of AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Certification.
This standard AS9100 includes ISO 9001:2008 quality management system requirements and specifies additional requirements for a quality management system for the aerospace industry. The additional aerospace requirements emphasize that the quality management system requirements specified in this standard AS9100 are complementary (not alternative) to contractual and applicable law and regulatory requirements.
This International Standard AS9100 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization a) needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable regulatory requirements, and b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable regulatory requirements.
Prior to the adoption of an aerospace specific quality standard, various corporations typically used ISO 9000 and their own complementary quality documentation/requirements, such as Boeing’s D1-9000 or the automotive Q standard. This created a patchwork of competing requirements that were difficult to enforce and/or comply with. The major American aerospace manufacturers combined their efforts to create a single, unified quality standard, resulting in AS9000. Upon the release of AS9000, companies such as Boeing discontinued use of their previous quality supplements in preference to compliance to AS9000.
During the rewrite of ISO 9000 for the year 2000 release, the AS group worked closely with the ISO organization. As the year 2000 revision of ISO 9000 incorporated major organizational and philosophical changes, AS9000 underwent a rewrite as well. It was released as AS9100 to the international aerospace industry at the same time as the new version of ISO 9000. AS9100 Revision C was released in January, 2009.
The IAQG Sanctioned Aerospace Auditor Transition Training was released May 1, 2010. The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) is a cooperative global organization of companies providing aviation, space and defense products and services. The IAQG is committed to achieving significant performance improvements through the development of standards, industry oversight and guidance materials for use throughout the supply chain.
The IAQG is sponsored by three bodies and three sectors:
- SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
- ASD (Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe)
- SJAC (Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies)
- Americas (AAQG) – North, Central & South America
- Europe (EAQG) – Europe, Middle East, Russia & Africa
- Asia-Pacific (APAQG) – Asia and Oceania
AS9100 was released in October, 1999, by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries. AS9100 is a widely adopted and standardized quality management system for the aerospace industry.
AS9100 replaces the earlier AS9000 and fully incorporates the entirety of the current version of ISO 9001, while adding additional requirements relating to quality and safety. Major aerospace manufacturers and suppliers worldwide require compliance and/or registration to AS9100 as a condition of doing business with them.