AS9120 Certification and it’s benefits for your organization

If you are in an organization that procures parts and assemblies for the Aerospace industry you already understand the importance of AS9120 Certification. You may have not taken the step to acquire this certification for your company yet, but you should. This is where ISA Registrar can help you succeed. ISA Registrar has decades of experience at helping companies become successful at achieving their objective of becoming AS9120 certified as well as getting certified in other QMS disciplines.

As an AS9120-registrar (in addition to being a registrar for other related certifications) we can help you obtain certification with the least possible amount of undue stress. It should be noted that this particular Quality Management System (QMS) is primarily for aerospace product distributors.

Listed below are the benefits of becoming an AS9120 certified organization.

Benefits to Certification:

  • Customer satisfaction – through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements
  • Reduced operating costs – through continual improvement of processes and resulting operational efficiency
  • Improved stakeholder relationships – including staff, customers and suppliers
  • Legal compliance – by understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact an organization
  • Improved risk management – through greater consistency and traceability of products and services
  • Proven business credentials – through independent verification against recognized standards
  • Ability to win more business – particularly where procurement specifications require certification as a condition to supply

What the standard includes

AS9120 Helps Keep Planes Flying

The AS9120 Quality Management System standard includes the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system (QMS) requirements and specifies additional requirements for quality management system (AQMS) for the Aerospace industry applicable to stockiest distributors. This ensures a quality management system which is well rounded and directly suited to your business.

This certification is for use by organizations that procure parts, materials and assemblies, and sell these products to a customer in the Aerospace industry. This includes organizations that procure products and split them into smaller quantities. This standard is not intended for organizations that rework or repair products. Organizations that perform work that could affect product characteristics or conformity shall also use AS9100 or another Quality Management System (QMS) standard.

This certification requires organizations to focus on areas impacting product safety and reliability. Some of the areas focused upon in the Quality Systems Requirements for this certification are:

  • Traceability– defines specific requirements for traceability from receipt until delivery.
  • Controls of records– record requirements are significantly stringent for distributors of Aerospace product.
  • Airworthiness certificates– Defines the documents issued by civil aviation authorities, such as FAA, that certifies that parts meet required airworthiness requirements.
  • Splitting– Specific requirements for batch splitting and lot splitting, and how conformance to specification is maintained.
  • Evidence of Conformance– specific documents are required by distributors as evidence of conformance.

Maintenance of Certification

Once you have achieved your certification it must be kept current. In order to keep your certification current you must be evaluated by a certifying body at least one per year. While this process may seem inconvenient it is designed so that companies who achieve the AS9120 standard are constantly monitored for compliance. Because certified companies are consistently being monitored, the integrity of the certification stays intact.

Because this certification is specifically designed for those companies who procure materials, assemblies and parts in order to sell these products to a customer within the Aerospace industry compliance is paramount for safety if nothing else.

The transition from AS9120 to AS9120 Rev. A

On July 1, 2011, all audits conducted, and certificates issued were to the new AS9120 Rev. A standard. On July 1, 2012, AS9120 was withdrawn, and with it, all certificates that still reflected the older AS9120.0 certification.

If your certificate is withdrawn, you will not be able to “renew” your certificate and a new, complete audit will need to be conducted before a certificate can be issued. In essence you will have to start the process all over again. If you are still certified under the older standard, please let us know immediately so we can help.

We’ve prepared a presentation that explains the transition to the new AS9120 Rev. A standard. This presentation can be emailed upon request to:

Please contact us for assistance

We can answer any questions or concerns you may have in regards to achieving certification; whether you need assistance in auditing or need to know which certification is right for your organization. Please contact us at (951) 736-0035.