AS9100 Aerospace Management Systems

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

AS9100 Aerospace Management Systems is a widely adopted and standardized quality management system for the aerospace industry. It was introduced in October 1999 by the Society of Automotive Engineers in the Americas and the European Association of Aerospace Industries in Europe. The International Aerospace Quality Group developed the AS9100 document.

AS9100 encompasses ISO 9000, with additional requirements for quality and safety relevant to aerospace and defines the quality management systems standard for the industry. All major aerospace manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers worldwide endorse or require certification to AS9100 as a condition of doing business with them.

Benefits of Certification

The aircraft and aerospace industries have embraced AS9100 a critical tool for improving quality and on-time delivery within their supply chain. Most of the major aircraft engine manufacturers require AS9100 certification for their suppliers.

Benefits of certification to AS9100 standards include:

  • A qualification to supply major aerospace manufacturers
  • Access to best practices from across the aerospace industry. It is the global industry standard.
  • Easy integration into existing quality managements systems as the AS9100 standard is based on ISO 9001, with additional, industry critical criteria

Why Work With NSF?

The NSF-ISR process effectiveness approach helps you leverage your quality management system to align business goals and outcomes with client expectations and satisfaction for optimum performance.

Our program managers and auditors are industry experts and receive the latest training. Program managers are responsible for the technical integrity of our internal and external process to ensure we are designing systems that are specific to the needs of the aerospace industry. We train our auditors to ensure our audits are performed in the right regulatory context, no matter where you operate.

We are accredited for all aerospace standards and also provide:

  • Expert interpretations
  • Aerospace dedicated auditors
  • Local auditor resources
  • A seamless transfer process in 30 days
  • A comprehensive online client data management tool
  • Independent feedback on process effectiveness and alignment with customer expectations

Certification Process

The NSF-ISR AS9100 aerospace quality management systems certification process consists of these steps:

  1. Application and Contract
    Your company submits an application and signs a contract (master agreement).
  2. Audit Team Assignment
    NSF-ISR assigns an auditor team.
  3. Document Review
    We perform a document review (when required) for the management system (MS) and issue a report of conformance or nonconformance.
  4. On-Site Readiness Review (ORR-Stage 1 Audit)
    As the first stage of the certification process, NSF-ISR verifies readiness of the MS to continue with the certification process.
  5. Certification Audit (Stage 2)
    Our audit team conducts an on-site audit to verify conformity to the specified standard.
  6. Independent Review
    A certification board reviewer recommends the final certification/recertification decision.
  7. Notification of Certification
    We notify your organization in writing, issue the certificate and publish the certification in our online listings.
  8. Surveillance Audits
    NSF-ISR performs semiannual or annual audits to verify the MS is being maintained.
  9. Reassessment
    NSF-ISR performs reassessment audits in accordance with requirements.

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  • "Many thanks to NSF-ISR for helping guide Q-Tech through the challenges and hard work of the AS9100 registration process! We are proud of this accomplishment and look forward to working with you to maintain our registration in the years to come."Richard Taylor, Executive Vice President / Q-Tech Corporation