AS 9100 / EN 9100

Certification for the aerospace industry according to AS 9100 / EN 9100

The aerospace industry is at the forefront of a strictly regulated market. Whether built for passenger transport, air freight or military purposes, the extremely high safety and stability requirements apply to even the smallest link in the supply chain, which in turn is connected to an enormously diverse pool of suppliers and negotiators.

This interdependence between companies and service providers focuses on risk avoidance, quality control and compliance with safety regulations. This is why literally every single socio-economic fraction of the aviation industry is certified according to the AS 9100/9110/9120 series.

AS 9100, published by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), is based on ISO 9001:2015, supplemented by specific requirements for the aerospace industry. This close connection to ISO 9001 makes it easier for companies to extend an existing quality management system by the additional requirements of the AS 9100 - without the annoying duplication of effort, e.g. in documentation.

The AS 9100 Rev. C valid since 2009 was replaced by the AS 9100 Rev. D in September 2016. The revision was necessary in order to remain compatible with the ISO 9001 revision published in 2015: Certification according to AS 9100 Rev. D always includes the certificate for ISO 9001:2015.

Similar to ISO 9001:2015, AS 9100 Rev. D clearly focuses on customer satisfaction, risk management and error prevention. Preventive and corrective measures are also increasingly being checked for their effectiveness.

Like ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, AS 9100 Rev. D is also structured according to the so-called "High Level Structure" (HLS). This facilitates the establishment and certification of an Integrated Management System (IMS). HLS will also be binding for all management system standards to be revised in the future. The obvious advantage of an IMS is the considerably lower additional effort and the reduced audit burden for management and employees.

The transition period for the conversion from AS 9100 Rev. C to AS 9100 Rev. D was linked to the transition period from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015: It thus ended on September 14, 2018. All existing certificates according to the old AS 9100 Rev. C standard have expired on this date.