This standard is designed to be used by firms in the aviation, space, and defense industries and can be applied throughout the supply chain. It is intended for use by organizations that design, develop, and produce aviation, space, and defense products. It is also intended for use by organizations that provide post-delivery support. This includes those that provide maintenance, materials, or spare parts for their own products.
Safety, airworthiness, product conformity and reliability are all key aspects of AS9100, the aerospace quality standard. These quality requirements are crucial to aerospace OEMs, which maintain high levels of liability for their product standard. Because product performance can be affected by a failure to handle parts and materials correctly, the standard addresses the complexity and diversity of the industry’s supply chain. The standard takes into consideration the complete life cycle of aerospace products.
The aerospace quality standard is based on ISO 9001:2000, with nearly 100 additional requirements specific to aerospace. Aerospace certification provides suppliers with a comprehensive quality system focused on areas directly impacting product safety and reliability in the aerospace industry, including:
- Configuration Management – requires that a management discipline be applied over the life cycle of an aerospace product to provide visibility and control of its functional and physical characteristics;
- Design – ensures that design responsible organizations have a robust design process to meet safety and reliability requirements demanded by the aerospace industry;
- Purchasing – requires suitable controls over the organization’s entire aerospace supply chain;
- Product Realization – ensures that each phase of product realization, from planning to shipment, is tightly controlled for delivery of conforming product; and
- Product Monitoring/Measurement – that defines requirements for product validation prior to shipment.
ISA is a premier AS9100 Registrar. We have the in-depth, broad based aerospace industry experience your company requires to meet the expectations of aerospace OEMs, prime suppliers, and other key stakeholders in the aerospace industry.
When your organization aligns to the aerospace standard, it not only reaps quality and efficiency benefits, but also is better able to meet customer expectations. Registration can also provide a competitive advantage by:
– Aerospace Experienced Auditors identifying opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction;
– Improved audit and surveillance efficiency;
– Reduced number of customer audits required, and a corresponding reduction in needed resources;
– Enhanced supplier performance due to higher quality, waste reduction, and a customer satisfaction focus; and
– Streamlined documentation.