John Horan of Honeywell Aerospace Outlines Transition Plan for AS9100:2016

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August 25, 2016

John Horan, the representative from Honeywell to the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), gave a presentation on the AS9100:2016 transition during his breakout sessions at the Smithers Quality Assessment (SQA) 4th Annual Client Event.

Horan explained that the IAQG has four main objectives for the aerospace industry. These objectives include continual improvement, commonality, establishing best practices and coordinating with regulatory and government agencies. Each objective factors into the transition toward AS9100:2016, the newest revision of a standard focused on aerospace quality management systems.

“The aerospace industry makes high risk, high cost products, so failure is not an option,” said Horan, quality audit process leader at Honeywell. “We want to make sure that audits drive performance improvements.”

Aside from promoting audit efficacy, the IAQG aims to maintain linkage to ISO 9001:2015, provide a consistent foundation for the future and ensure that AS9100 reflects the needs of all interested parties. Organizations will notice key changes in four areas of AS9100, including organizational context, interested parties, documented information and operational risk management.

The IAQG currently has deployment materials for the transition on its website. Organizations must complete the transition by mid-September 2018, when the 2009 certification lapses. AS9100:2016 will be published in the Fall of 2016, and audits will switch to the new standard on June 15, 2017.

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