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Monday, 18 July 2011

AS9100 Rev C Aerospace Standard

This Standard was updated to Rev C but until 1st July was not generally available, as Certification  Bodies had to upgrade their assessors to be able to audit against this revised Standard.

We recently had our first Client assessment against the New Rev C Standard and I am delighted to say that our Client passed both the Stage one (Document Review) and Stage two (On site assessment).  The real result was that there were no major, no minor or even any OFI (opportunities for improvement issued); an excellent result.  Well done Elixair International and well done to Maria Peavoy, the Quality Manager.

This means that our Client has been recommended for certification.  The Assessors report now goes for verification by an Aerospace Certification Manager and the certificate will be issued.

Most people accept that the Standard AS9100 is very hard to achieve and yet our Client, Elixair International of  Broadmayne in Dorset not only passed but passed without adverse comment. 

As you can imagine this was our first assessment to the Rev C Standard and to get a ‘Gold Star’ as well bodes well for Quality Matters and our Clients seeking certification to this Standard.

We join in celebrating this wonderful result with Elixair International Directors and Staff.

I believe that this shows that our motto Quality Matters in your Business is as valid today as it was back in 1991 when the company was formed.

Another success for Quality Matters Ltd

Monday, 4 July 2011

Certification Process

The process  of obtaining certification to any of  the management standards is often viewed as a secretive and difficult routine.  In fact it is a logical progression.

Once you have selected your Standard, it might be useful to ask why it is needed;  It could be that you need it to gain a qualification to bid for work;  it could be that you simply want the certification to use as a marketing tool or it could even be that you want to improve your overall efficiency.

Whatever the reason it makes sense to review your existing practices and procedures.  You should then compare those practices and procedures against the requirements of the Standard.  It is often found that some of the practices will meet the Standard and some will fit with some minor modification.

Prepare working documents;  most Standards require a manual of some kind and this should be written with your own organisation and the Standard in mind.  Remember that a very comprehensive document may not be the best option.  I always try to think K.I.S.S which stands for KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID .  A system which is succinct and targeted will always be better than a huge document that, in truth, nobody will read.

Having produced the Manual it is necessary to prepare procedures, processes and working instructions to show how the organisation works:

  • A Procedure is a set of instructions or a mode of operation
  • A Process has an input and an output;  quite often a flowchart to show graphically what is done.
  • A working instruction is a detailed piece of work to show exactly how something is performed; usually a step by step instruction.

Once all this work is produced it will be necessary to put it into operation, then it is tested to see if it is effective.  This last step is called auditing and will tell you if you are ready to move on to the next step, formal certification.  If all goes well the certification, which is carried out by an independent certification body will conform that you have met the requirements of the Standard and a certificate of compliance is issued.

The whole process is relatively easy if these simple steps are followed.

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