AS9120 Aerospace QMS Certification for Stockist Distributors

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

AS9120 (Aerospace Management Systems for Stockist Distributors) is based on AS9100 and adds specific requirements that are relevant for organizations that procure parts, materials and assemblies and sell these products in the aerospace industry (e.g. stockist distributors). AS9120 addresses chain of custody, traceability, control and availability of records. The standard is applicable to organizations that resell, distribute and warehouse parts found in aircraft and other aerospace components.

As part of the AS9100 standard revision, AS9120 (along with AS9110) will soon undergo a major revision in keeping with the changes made to ISO 9001. For more information about the revision, please select the AS9100 Series Revision tab at the left.

Benefits of Certification

Benefits of certification to AS9120 include:

  • Access to the best practices of the aerospace industry for quality and traceability to help reduce operational risk
  • Enhanced marketability of your products and services through third-party proof of your commitment to deliver high quality products and services
  • A focus on customer satisfaction: performance objectives must be aligned to customer expectations
  • Access to global markets through internationally recognized certification

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.

Certification Process

The NSF-ISR AS9120 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 Series 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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