The revision of the AS9100 has landed

How to prepare for the revised 9100 standard

The 9100 series of standards regulates the requirements of quality management systems (QMS) of organisations in the aviation, aerospace and defence sector. The AS 9100 revision was guided by the international Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and the standard was published in October 2016.

The new AS 9100 is based upon the revision of the ISO 9001:2015 and that standard publication in September 2015 triggered the revision-process of the AS 9100. The goals of the AS9100 revision is to specify QMS-requirements further and to ease the implementation with consideration of the needs of stakeholders of the organisations.

The most important reasons for a planned and timed implementation of the AS9100:2016 are:

  • international business opportunities through demonstrating an effective QMS
  • necessary for being listed in the „Online Supplier Information System (OASIS)“ database
  • minimizing risks regarding products, processes and services, while meeting stakeholder needs
  • securing continuous improvement and strong focus on process-management

The transition period for the AS9100:2016 is based upon the ISO 9001:2015 as well, where a transition deadline is set on the September 15, 2018. The combined transition period shall help organisation to plan, coordinate and manage the internal standard transfer.

The new, respectively, revised topics of the AS9100:2016 are listed in the table below:

Context of the Organisation Evaluation of external and internal influencing factors and needs and expectations of interested parties to meet the organisational strategic planning process.
Risks The “risk-based thinking”-approach from the ISO 9001 standard is integrated into the AS9100 and requirements were adapted.
Process Management Higher requirements concerning systematic controlling and performance evaluation of internal and external processes and the process environment.
The process-requirements include physical and functional attributes during the whole product-life-cycle.
Product Safety Planning, implementation and controlling of the necessary processes to guarantee product safety during the whole product-life-cycle.
Counterfeit Parts Requirement to establish prevention-processes for counterfeit and suspected counterfeit parts.
Awareness Higher requirements concerning awareness of the individual and his or her contribution to conformity of products and services, to product safety and ethical standards.
Human Factors The organisation shall consider human factors, which can influence the performance of the QMS and the processes. A consideration of human factors while performing cause analysis of nonconformities is mentioned.
Documented Information No explicit demand concerning a handbook

How Can You Efficiently Manage the Standard Transition in Your Company?

The basis for a profound project management for the standard transition in your company is to know the gaps, which should be evaluated in form of a Critical Delta Audit. The next step is to develop a Project Plan to coordinate the necessary adaptions of the QMS. After the approval of the Project Plan you can address the gaps and the tasks to the affected team-members.

After all tasks concerning the gaps are finished, it is recommended to perform an internal audit with the changed requirements of the AS9100:2016 to check upon the conformity of the companies processes. All found nonconformities and observations should be systematically handled in form of an Action Plan, so that the tasks are finished before the following project phases. The last step before beginning the certification process is to perform a Management Review, where the management has the opportunity to evaluate the QMS and to show commitment and leadership.

It is strongly recommended to coordinate your transition-project with the certification-organisation. Those companies want to manage their resources efficiently because of the short transition period.

For further information concerning the revised AS9100 or a first scan of your QMS, please contact Jürgen Birgfellner MSc., eMail



One thought on “The revision of the AS9100 has landed

  1. Bob Raymond 22. December 2016 / 19:44

    Documented Information ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,No explicit demand concerning a handbook

    Wouldn’t the AS9100 requirements be listed in the DRM, Design Room Manual to ensure engineering follow these quality requirements?


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