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Important Aerospace Updates

16 June 2015
The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) has released its semi-annual newsletter which provides important updates for companies operating in the aerospace sector. 

The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) has released its semi-annual newsletter which provides important updates for companies operating in the aerospace sector.

Upcoming Revisions to IAQG Standards to address ISO 9001:2015

The IAQG 9100 series of standards is being revised due to the forthcoming publication of ISO 9001:2015 in September. The IAQG series of standards include AS 9100, AS 9110, AS 91150 and AS 9120.

The following areas of the IAQG 9100 series standards will be updated to align with the revised ISO 9001 standard:

Product Safety - Added in carefully selected areas with consideration of current IAQG 9110 requirements to assure product safety during the entire life cycle.

Human Factors - Added as a consideration in the Nonconformity and Corrective Action clause to ensure true root cause is identified and to ensure nonconformities do not recur.

Risk - Merged current IAQG 9100-series (operation) risk management requirements with the new ISO requirements on risk based thinking which permeates the entire management system.

Preventive Action - Current clause requirements absorbed into Risk and Opportunities and Nonconformity and Corrective Action clauses. IAQG 9100-series reinforced this concept with several additions.

Counterfeit Parts - Introduced in carefully selected areas to establish basic requirements appropriate to the product.

Project Management - Combined with the Operation Planning clause to address user interpretation issues.

Configuration Management - Clause clarified and improved considerably to address stakeholder needs to specify requirements in more simplified terms.

Post Delivery Support - Merged current IAQG 9100-series requirements with the new ISO requirements.

Harmonization of IAQG 9100-series standards with AS 9100

The following IAQG standards are also being revised to harmonise with AS 9100:

AS 9110 - revisions include updated content to be more MRO-centric and to improve consistency with civil and military aviation regulatory requirements. The applicability to this standard is extended to Airlines performing continuing airworthiness management activities in addition to existing stakeholders such as MRO and OEM that provide maintenance services.
AS 9115 - revisions include content to enhance cyber security protections for the software QMS as well as recognize cloud based services and mobile applications.

AS 9120 - revisions include improved coverage of quality requirements for prevention of counterfeit and unapproved parts.

Standard Revision Timeline

  • July 2015 - Release of Coordination Draft for stakeholder feedback
  • December 2015 - IAQG ballot of the IAQG 9100-series of standards
  • April 2016 - IAQG 9100-series standards publication

IAQG publishes support materials on the website to aid users in understanding standards. A significant amount of information is currently available for IAQG standards including frequently asked questions, summary presentations, articles, specific topic discussions on new or enhanced requirements, and posted clarifications.

Ahead of the Game

The IAQG 9100 Team is getting ahead of the game by populating content for IAQG 9100:2015 including to aid stakeholders in preparations and communications.
New additions and changes to the IAQG website include:
IAQG 9100:2016-Series Revision Preview – This presentation includes information on IAQG, ISO 9001 Revision Activity, 9100-Series Revision Activity, Benefits and Application, Communications, Summary, and Resource links.
IAQG 9100:2016 Key Changes – The Key Changes presentation will highlight some of the significant changes from IAQG 9100:2009 to IAQG 9100:2016.
IAQG 9100:2016 Comparison – The comparison table shows the alignment between IAQG 9100:2009 and IAQG 9100:2016.
IAQG 9100:2009 Clarifications – Clarifications are summarized and communicated when it is believed that confusion regarding certain requirements exists within the industry and that industry would benefit from common understanding.
For further detail download the full IAQG newsletter here or visit their website.