AS9100 Aerospace Management Systems

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process
  • AS9100:2016 Revision

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.

The AS9100 (and AS9110 and AS9120) standards will soon undergo a major revision in keeping with the changes made to ISO 9001:2015. For more information about the revision, please select the AS9100:2016 Revision tab at the left.

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.

AS9100:2016 Revision

The AS9100 series of standards are all due to be published before the end of 2016.

  • AS9100 was released on September 20, 2016.
  • AS9120 was released on November 1, 2016.
  • AS9110 was released on November 4, 2016.
  • The Aerospace Auditor Transition Training (AATT) for 9100, 9101 and 9120 should also be available in November.

The AS9100 standards (including AS9110 and AS9120) will continue to be based on the latest version of ISO 9001. Because the deadline for implementing the AS9100:2016 standards and ISO 9001:2015 is the same (September 2018), the delay of AS9100:2016 being released will create a short time period for AS-registered organizations to transition to this new standard.

Since the transition timeframe will be condensed, it is never too early to start preparing. We at NSF-ISR will be here to guide you every step of the way, with tools and answers to your many questions. We are developing a series of webinars, a readiness tool that will walk you through a gap analysis of your system in relation to the revised requirements of AS9100, transition guides and upgrade checklists.

NSF-ISR is well represented at Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) Registration Management Committee (RMC) meetings, and as more information becomes available (regarding the transition and other industry happenings), NSF-ISR will provide updates.

Webinar Series

NSF-ISR is developing a series of webinars that will not only explain the changes to the standard but will also help prepare you, and your QMS, for what is to come. These webinars will help you better work with a process-based approach to business along with highlighting the major changes to the AS9100 set of standards. Download our webinars

AS Upgrade Planner and Delta Checklist

Prior to an off-site review, on-site gap analysis or upgrade audit, we recommend that you complete the Aerospace upgrade planner and delta checklist. Download the Planner and Checklist

Transition Guide

Use our guide to the AS9100 transition to identify areas of the standard that have been updated and the major themes of the standard. Download the guide

Readiness Assessment Tool

The Readiness Assessment Tool helps organizations determine their readiness for transitioning to the new AS standards. We recognize that there are many levels of readiness, and this tool is meant to help you determine your next steps on the journey to full compliance with the new standard. It is our hope that you can use the results from the readiness assessment to improve your quality management systems. START NOW

AS9100D Internal Audit Tool

This tool is intended to be a supplement to an already robust internal audit program. This tool can be used to gather objective evidence during the audit process and ensure a complete review of the elements associated with the organization’s process-based audit program. This checklist, by itself, does not meet all of the AS9100D requirements for an effective internal audit program. Download the Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a number of answers to questions that your organization may have regarding the AS9100:2016 transition. Download the FAQ

For information about other transitioning management systems standards, visit our ISO standards updates webpage.

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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