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AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 2016 Standards Delayed!

30 June 2016
April has come and gone, but as you can see, the AS9100:2016 series of standards still have not been published. Find out what the delay is and what it means for you...

April has come and gone, but as you can see, the AS9100:2016 series of standards still have not been published. As you know, the goal was to publish all of the standards throughout the world in April 2016, have the online training course for new auditors available in August, update OASIS to the next version (Next Gen) in October and begin auditing shortly thereafter.
We learned that these plans had gone awry at the IAQG meeting in Singapore last month (see the IAQG press release in the OASIS database). What was left unsaid in the press release is that there was a delay in translating the documents in Europe and since the IAQG endeavors to release the documents across all sections at the same time, this delay has caused a delay in the release of the standards for all sectors.
There has been much brainstorming on ways to expedite the current timeline which hopefully will allow for the documents to be released earlier, but as of right now, this is what we know:

  • AS9100:2016 published in October 2016
  • AS9101:2016 and  AS9110:2016 published in November 2016
  • AS9120:2016 published in December 2016
  • All audits after June 1st 2017 must be to the new version of the applicable standard
  • All companies currently certified to AS9100, 9110 or 9120 should complete their transition audit by June 15, 2018 (to allow enough time for any NCR’s to be processed and entered into OASIS prior to the 15 September 2018 deadline)
  • All companies currently certified to AS9100, 9110 or 9120 must have their new AS91XX:2016 certificate published in OASIS by 15 September 2018 (though that date may slip a bit for various reasons)
    • Any company that has not successfully upgraded to the new standard(s) by 15 September 2018 will have their certification revoked

What is less certain is the following:

  • The availability of the online training course required of all auditors in the scheme (to include accreditation body auditors like ANAB and UKAS)

    • Hopefully that is still on schedule for the fall even though the standards will not be released worldwide by then – TBD.

  • The date that ANAB will be able to audit NQA so that we can begin to conduct audits

    • Though NQA and our auditors may be ready, we will have to be audited by ANAB prior to conducting an audit so that is a little out of our hands.  However, we have every intention to be ready and hope to be one of the first, CB to undergo an upgrade audit – TBD.

So the picture is a little grim; in a worst case scenario, we may not be able to start doing audits until early 2017 and we have to have the audits completed by June 2018 (so as to not put your certificates in jeopardy) which gives us about 16 – 17 months to transition all of our clients, not the 36 months that the ISO companies enjoy.  The 15 September 2018 deadline is not going to change;  it is set in stone.

So what should you do?

  • Get a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 standard and begin transitioning your quality system to the requirements of that new standard.  By doing so, you will have addressed 80% of the changes to the aerospace standards.  You will not be able to get a certificate to ISO 9001:2015 while maintaining the current version of AS9100, 9110 or 9120 but you will be well on your way to meeting the newest versions of the AS91XX:2016 standard(s).
  • Familiarize yourself with the official deployment materials published on IAQG website:
  • Be aware that NQA and our auditors will be ready to conduct audits to the new standards as soon as allowed by industry.

  • Make every effort to have your upgrade audit in calendar year 2017 to avoid the inevitable crush of audits in 2018 (this is an important point as I expect that there could be an industry wide auditor shortage in 2018 since approximately 93% of all clients have traditionally waited till the last 12 months to transition to any new standard).

  • Be aware that additional time will be added to any surveillance, re-assessment or special visit audit when transitioning to the new standard(s).

What is your NQA auditor doing?

  • Familiarizing themselves with the draft versions of the AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120:2016 standard.

  • Attending NQA’s August teaming session in Rhode Island. At that conference we will be working with the NQA auditors to understand how to audit to these new standards.

  • Reviewing training material presented at the last NQA teaming session in February which breaks down the AS9100:2016 adders.

If you have any questions about any of the information presented above, please do not hesitate to contact us.