Upcoming AS9100 Changes
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) does not update and maintain the new versions of AS 9100. This responsibility lies with the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) to decide which changes to ISO 9001 to incorporate into updated versions of AS 9100, as this basically takes ISO 9001 and expands its requirements and recommendations to suit the sensitive nature of the aerospace and defence industries. Therefore, the intent of AS9100 is to establish a single quality management system for use within the aviation, space and defence industries.
Just as ISO 9001 has been updated to new and improved versions over the years, so has AS9100 with the standards running in parallel to provide a more uniform system for companies to follow. This ensures that many QMS systems can remain streamlined, opposed to being segmented between the standards.
AS9100 : 2016
Later this year AS9100 will undergo a major revision following the recent changes to and publication of the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. As all AS9100 standards are based on the latest version of ISO 9001, this revision will be no different but is not expected to be formally issued until later this year.
AS9100 Revision Changes
In terms of what is actually expected to change in the AS9100 revision, it will first of all mirror the 10-clause format of ISO 9001:2015. Additionally, the AS9100 revision will likely add to or enhance the following areas:
• Product safety
• Human factors
• Preventive action
• Counterfeit parts
• Configuration management
• Product realization and planning
• Post-delivery support
• Project management
• Design development and supplier management
• Quality manual
• Management representative
As the standard works its way through the various committees and stakeholders, it is expected that there will continue to be changes to the current draft forms. Keep an eye out for future FBX Solutions blog posts for more information and analysis of these changes and the potential impact on your quality management system.