AS9100 certified organizations must transition by June 2018. AS9100D:2016 is scheduled for release in April 2016. This also includes standards AS9110 Aviation Maintenance, and AS9120 Stockist Distributors.
A primary difference between the ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D standards is the timeline for transition.
Certification body auditor training will be completed in August 2016. This provides less than 24 month window to transition to the new standard. Current AS9100 companies must also communicate to their certification body their transition plans by January 2017; and no certification body audits will be conducted to the current versions after June 15, 2017.
Based on current information, a Quality Manual will still be an AS9100 requirement. Also, unlike ISO 9001:2015, the requirement of a specific Management Representative remains. It is also unclear whether specific procedures will be required.
Some other changes include:
- Operational Planning and Control adds requirements for FOD and product obsolescence
- Clause 8.1.1 is changed to “Operation Risk Management” and clarifies that risk in this specific clause is only related to products and services
- New clause 8.1.4 on Prevention of Counterfeit Product. We have discussed this future requirement in past newsletters
- Maintained language about special processes
- Internal auditing now indicates that “performance indicators” can be used to assess QMS effectiveness