The AS 9100:2016 Series is an international set of standards that sets out the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS) specific to the aviation, space and defence industries. With a transition deadline of September 2018 – the aerospace industry does not have long to take action. With that in mind, organisations operating within the aerospace arena are seeking clarification on how to implement the requirements before the deadline.
How should organisations address the counterfeit goods requirements in the AS 9100:2016 Series? All manufacturers are required to source raw materials. Within the AS 9100:2016 Series, raw materials are subject to stringent controls to prevent counterfeiting. As a result, organisations are required to purchase from approved sources and ensure that the supplied material has appropriate documentation and traceability
For organisations that are in the process of updating their QMS to the AS 9100:2016 Series, how much evidence of implementation will be required?
Assessors will review the available information and will make an objective decision based on the information presented. The scheme does not stipulate a minimum amount of evidence but you must provide sufficient records to demonstrate that the implementation is effective. Early adoption, in advance of the transition assessment is recommended.
The AS 9100 standard is based on ISO 9001 and with the release of ISO 9001:2015, the AS 9100 standard will undergo revisions as well. AS 9100:2016 is currently scheduled to be released in April 2016. The focus of the revision is to add clarity, enhance ease of use, while addressing industry and stakeholder needs.
WHEN IS THE TRANSITION DATE?
The transition for Aerospace standards will be the same as the ISO 9001:2015 deadline, which is September 15, 2018.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY CURRENT CERTIFICATION?
DEKRA will provide additional information in the next few weeks, but companies currently certified to AS 9100:2009 will have less than 3 years to transition to AS 9100:2016 upon its release.
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?
In September of 2015, the AAQG (Americas Aerospace Quality Group) highlighted the following key changes and areas of focus for the AS 9100:2016 (and AS 9110 and AS 9120) standard.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Management Representative: Requirement added back in for Management Representative QMS oversight.