AS9100:2016 – What’s Ahead?

astronaut-earth.jpg The AS9100 Aviation, Space and Defense Standard is undergoing a major revision aligned with the ISO 9001:2015 expected release of September 2015. 

With a slight lag of a few months, it is expected that the AS9100:2016 (including AS9110 Aviation Maintenance Organization and AS9120 Stocklist Distributor) will be released in the second quarter of 2016.  The gap between the published release of the ISO 9001:2015 and the AS9100:2016 standards will create a shorter time period for AS registered organizations to transition to this new standard.

Because the AS standards are being released approximately eight months after the ISO 9001:2015 standard, the “three year” transition is actually a little over two years for aerospace companies. This all is based on the assumption that the aerospace standards are published in April of 2016.  If that deadline is not met, the transition period will be even shorter.

Currently, the AS9100:2016 standard is in the draft stages and therefore still undergoing change.  But what is known is that it will mirror the new Annex SL ten-clause format of the ISO 9001:2015 standard.  In addition, it is expected that the following areas will be added or enhanced:

  • Product Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Risk
  • Preventive Action
  • Counterfeit Parts
  • Configuration Management
  • Product Realization and Planning
  • Post Delivery Support
  • Project Management
  • Design Development and Supplier Management
  • Quality Manual
  • Management Representative

As these standards work their way through the various groups  and specific stakeholders, it is expected that there will continue to be changes from their current draft forms.  Watch for updates to these standards in our future newsletters.

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