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Monday, 23 November 2015

Revised Aerospace and Defence Standards

The IAQG have announced that the revised AS 9100 series of standards, which use ISI 9001 as the core requirements are going to be published in 2016. There will be a transition period until 15 September 2018.  Any organisation not transitioning to the revised standards by that time will automatically be deregistered.

The revised standards use the Hi Level Annex SL format produced for all new ISO standards and comprise ten clauses.

  1. Scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organisation
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation
  10. Improvement

Some of the requirements deemed unnecessary in ISO 9001 have been reinstated in AS 9100 These include:

  • management representative is required
  • documented information with items to be identified (Quality Manual)

In addition, a number of requirements have been added:

  • Protection from counterfeit products, 
  • Product safety (awareness and compliance)
  • Computer back up secured
  • Project management
  • Measures of on-quality and on-time delivery
  • Stakeholders
  • Transfer of work
  • Reviews of requirements related to products and services coordinated with applicable functions
  • Actions to be taken when not meeting customer requirements
  • Handling obsolescence
  • Changes
  • Controls of external providers and sub-tier providers
  • Additional evaluation of data and test reports
  • Controls of production equipment
  • Tools and software programmes
  • Validation of special processes
  • production process variations
  • problems detected after delivery
  • procedure to define NC process and responsibilities
  • review of on-time delivery performance
  • actions based on risk assessments, and human factors.

These additional requirements are necessary for control and traceability required in the aerospace industry, which would not be met with the basic ISO9001 standard.

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