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AS9100:2016 Series Transition Update

15 March 2017

Much has happened since autumn 2016, including standard release, certification body approval and of course, organizational implementation. This article by industry expert Buddy Cressionnie talks about the AS9100 transition timeline and how it is moving towards mandatory assessments.

The AS/EN/JISQ 9100 transition timeline is moving towards mandatory assessments to the 2016 revision starting on the 1st June 2017.  Much has happened since autumn 2016, including standard release, auditor training, certification body approval and of course, organizational implementation. 
As you know, all NQA AS/EN/JISQ 9100 audits will be to the new revision starting in June 2017 to ensure full implementation by September 2018 when the 2009 revision is sunset. So why start the audits in June… transition to the 2016 revision will require a certification decision and therefore will require not only a transition audit with additional audit days, but also implementation and closure of any issued non-conformances, NQA verification, and technical review of the package to make a certification decision.

The September 2018 date was selected to coincide with the ISO 9001:2015 standard to keep organizations from having to transition first to the ISO 9001 and then to the AS9100:2016 standard. No changes are planned to the September 2018 deadline date based upon information received at industry meetings in March 2017.
Many in the industry are concerned about enough auditing resources to meet the September 2018 deadline date. NQA has been proactively working with our auditors to ensure completion of the training and testing for your organization’s successful transition. It is important to get your transition audit scheduled. The audits should occur in a timeframe consistent with the timing of your last assessment. Early scheduling will ensure resources are available to conduct your transition assessment.
NQA is engaged with International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and sector schemes to ensure complete understanding of transition and a smooth transition for all NQA clients.

IAQG has published a significant amount of Deployment Support Material to help certified organization with the transition. This information includes presentations, taped webinars, correlation matrices, FAQs, gap assessment worksheet, guidance materials, and links to ISO 9001:2015 support materials (see below). This information is available here.
Many organizations will be focused on sections 4-10 of the standard looking at requirements. NQA would like to remind you about the threads that flow through the standard which are discussed in the introduction including:

  • Quality Management Principles include overarching threads that exist within the standard.

  • Process Approach is fundamental to an effective Quality Management System. It starts with the organization defining it’s top level processes which the entire system is organized. The process approach is how the 9100 series standards are applicable from very simple 2-person shops to major airframe manufacturers. These processes are consistent with organizational context, relevant interested parties, and QMS scope.

  • Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) is fundamental to the structure of the standard and should be applied to organizational implementation and auditing. PDCA can be applied at a macro or micro level in developing or evaluating processes.

  • Risk-Based Thinking is now introduces that applies to the entire Quality Management System. Risks have always been required in 9100 since first introduction in 1999. In the 2009 revision, formalized Risk Management was required during Product Realization. In the 2016, the risk-based thinking concept improves proactive thinking throughout the Quality Management System. But if you think about it… risk-based thinking transcends the entire Quality Management System with explicit and implicit callouts.

The new AS9100 series standard provides an opportunity for organizations to examine their Quality Management System against the new requirements while ensuring their QMS is effective and achieving planned results. 
NQA wishes you success in your implementation and is a valuable resource if you have any AS9100 series questions regarding your understanding please get in touch, we would be happy to help.
Follow these links for additional support material information on AS9100:2016 and ISO 9001:2015.