Getting AS9100 Certified in Baltimore, Maryland (MD)
AS9100 Revision D is a standard for the aerospace industry for quality management systems. It is based on ISO 9001:2015 but offers extra, aerospace-specific standards. Initially released in 1999 by SAE International, the Society of Automotive Engineers, it has since been revised from AS9000 to AS 9100. The most current update is AS9100D.
AS9100 is the result of a combined effort by different aerospace organizations, each having its own quality management standards or specifications. The harmonization of their specifications was utilized as a foundation from ISO 9001, and its methodology focus. This contributed to the introduction of AS9100 and ended an era in which it became incredibly challenging to satisfy these organizations’ different criteria.
ISO 9001:2015 compatible or accredited organizations may achieve compliance with AS9100D by introducing additional standards that go beyond ISO 9001 quality specifications to ensure product safety and effectiveness. Like for many codes such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, compliance audits are carried out globally by registrars.
Compliance to AS9100
According to AS9100D, if you want to claim that your QMS meets this standard, it must meet every requirement. Each condition is both mandatory and generic and may be omitted only if it can not be applied. In addition, you can remove or disregard a provision only if it does not impair the capacity or obligation of your company to ensure that its services and products are in compliance, and only if you can clarify and demonstrate why you can not enforce it. In essence, a requirement needs to be met everywhere a standard can be applied.
How you choose to meet each requirement, however, and to what extent, will depend on many factors and be influenced by them. It will rely on the context, nature, operations, priorities, regulatory requirements, and goods and services of the company and will be affected by their opportunities and risks.
Who should use AS9100
AS9100 may be used by internal as well as external parties. It may be utilized by both manufacturing and customer-focused companies and internal as well as external auditors. AS9100D may be used and extended into the supply chain by companies throughout the aircraft, space, and defense industries. This is designed for use by companies planning, producing, and delivering goods and services for aircraft, space, and defense. It is also for organizations that provide support for post-delivery. It includes those who provide their own goods and services with repairs, equipment, or spare parts.
The users of transportation, energy, and security goods and services can also use AS9100D. Customers who wish to be confident that the goods and services they are receiving can regularly fulfill their expectations and specifications will use this. It may be utilized by any business, across the whole supply chain, to develop and sustain a reliable and successful approach to product and service distribution. Both internal and external auditors can also use AS9100D to assess the efficiency, effectiveness, and adequacy of quality management systems and to evaluate the performance and conformance of any supplier.
Speak to the team at ISO Pros in Baltimore, Maryland (MD) for assistance in getting your organization certified.