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Does AS9100:2016 Bring New Challenges?

10 February 2016
The new AS9100, 9110 and 9120 standards are scheduled to be published in April 2016 and with them come a number of changes that for some companies will be “business as usual” but for others, will represent a marked change in how you consider and implement your quality system.
As you probably know by now, the AS9100:2016 series of standards will follow the ISO 9001:2015 standard structure (Annex SL) and incorporate all of the new requirements of that base standard.  In addition, the aerospace standards add aerospace, defense and space centric requirements that may challenge your company to address shortcomings that most certainly will be evaluated by your auditor over the next couple of years.

Though still in draft form and, therefore, subject to minor change, the new requirements in AS9100:2016 that have garnered the most attention are centered around counterfeit parts, product and production equipment obsolescence, subtier supplier control and the testing of raw material.  In addition, more emphasis has been placed on escape prevention and detectioncustomer notification of changes and information technology security.

Counterfeit Parts - The requirement to consider counterfeit parts will make its debut and will require you to consider counterfeit part prevention measures both internally (training, testing etc.) and externally with your suppliers.

Product and production equipment obsolescence - This new requirement will have you determine if any materials, components or products used in the production of your product is subject to obsolescence.  In addition, you must also consider the effects of obsolescence of your production and test equipment, too.

Sub-tier supplier control - Have you given enough consideration to your sub-tier suppliers (those that supply your suppliers)?  Are your suppliers applying controls on them commensurate with the risk inherent in using a source for products or services so far removed from own your sphere of influence?  If not, you should be aware that AS9100:2016 places greater emphasis on your supplier’s ability to control their suppliers.

Testing of raw material - Tying two new requirements together, AS9100:2016 further asks your company to consider periodic testing when the risk of counterfeit parts is high.

Each of these additions to the standard will require you to re-examine your current way of doing business.  For many of you, counterfeit parts may not even be a part of your lexicon and therefore, of no concern.  Conversely, you may wrestle sub-tier supplier control and anxiously await the release of the standard and the added scrutiny this section of the standard will bring.

Regardless of the challenges that lie ahead for you and your company, watch for future NQA newsletter articles for more information on these and other changes once the standards are published later this spring.  If you want to attend an interactive session on AS9100:2016 (that I’ll be leading), we will be discussing both major and minor changes along with new areas of emphasis.

This review will enable you to anticipate changes to your aerospace quality management systems and plan for the release of AS9100:2016. Finally, be sure to check in with the American Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) and the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) to help keep you abreast of the latest cooperative updates in the industry.