AS9101:20XX – Why?

We recently attended a workshop conducted by National Quality Assurance (NQA) in Los Angeles, California.  NQA is a leading global certification body (CB) providing certification services to many global standards.

One of the presentations we attended was in regards to future changes to AS9101D the Aerospace Standard for Audit Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations.  The following is information captured regarding this topic currently in Draft Form:

Consolidation of the Forms: “Objective Evidence Record” + “PEAR” = The New PEAR will include both the performance and the conformity assessment results.  The New PEAR will be aligned to ISO definition of “Effectiveness”

  • Will capture objective evidence of conformity (planned activities) and performance (planned results)
  • Appendices will be referenced as Forms and will not be included in the standard URL link but will be referenced to access the forms.  For multi-sites, opening meetings must include a representative from all sites – physically or electronically.
  • The audit team shall record definitions, targets and values of KPIs related to the audited process on the PEAR. The audit team shall record detailed objective evidence (e.g., reviewed procedures, shop orders, training records, products, verification records) on the PEAR (section 3).
  • Defined reporting requirements for “combined” and “integrated” audits.
  • For combined and integrated audits, separate reports shall be issued for each audit performed for each standard.
  • PEAR(s) will be mandatory and created for each top level process audited to AS91XX series requirements. No longer limited to processes associated with Product Realization requirements.
  • New Process Evaluation Matrix (PEM)
  • Clear definitions to assist auditors when determining process effectiveness levels / numerical conclusions when documenting PEAR’s.

Look for our next post!  We will post further information captured soon on other standards and support documents. 

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