Transition Timeline for AS9100:2016

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January 17, 2017

The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) recently released the timeline for manufacturers to transition to AS 9100:2016, the newest revision of a standard focused on aerospace quality management systems.

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, and each objective factored into the new standard.

Organizations will be expected to complete the transition to the new standard by September 15, 2018, when 2009 certification lapses. AS9100:2016 was published in October, and audits will switch to the new standard on June 15, 2017. Evaluation guidance material has yet to be published, which leads to the question, “What should my organization do to prepare in the meantime?”

AS9100:2016 is based upon the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, so reviewing and understanding ISO 9001 is integral to understanding the organizational and process changes that may need to be made. The IAQG website has materials that explain key changes to the standard, break down the 2016 revision clause by clause and map out a matrix of the 2009 revision against AS9100:2016. You can also complete gap assessment with this workbook from the IAQG before you begin an official audit of your quality management systems.

After performing a gap assessment, it is important to address the gaps in your system. This can be achieved through corrective action plans for nonconformities.

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