An Introduction to AS 9100 changes: 9101E

As of Jan. 1, 2015, Smithers Quality Assessments will adopt changes for AS 9101E, which includes updated forms and requirements. This new release succeeds AS 9101D.

Why are we making these AS 9100 changes?

  • Revisions to ISO 17021:2011, 19011: 2011 and the release of 9104/1:2012 influenced the change.
  • There were a large number of questions arising from 9101D, the current version.
  • Some requirements were lost in appendix instructions.
  • This version incorporates feedback from Aerospace Auditor Transition Training (AATT).
  • We’ve incorporated lessons learned from OPMT oversight of the CB audit report.
  • Stakeholder feedback has been incorporated into this version.

What are the key changes to AS 9100?

  • The Objective Evidence Record (OER) is no longer required. However, SQA may choose to require it of our auditors. The standard requires information to be recorded on the QMS Matrix for non-Clause 7-related processes. Additional fields have been added at the end of Clauses 4, 5, 6 and 8 for this purpose. Clause 7 evidence will still be captured on the Process Effectiveness Assessment Report (PEAR).
  • The PEAR will be used to collect objective evidence for all Clause 7-related clauses: Section 1 — process details (inputs, outputs and interactions); Section 2 — process results (includes the identification of performance measures and Key Performance Indicators or KPIs); and Section 3 — process realization (summarizes audit trails and sources of evidence).
  • A PEAR is required for all product realization processes audited.
  • A Non Conformance Report or Reports (NCRs) will be required for processes with an effectiveness level of 1, but will no longer be required for a level of 2. (It is expected that nonconformities will be discovered within the process if rated a 2.)
  • It is possible to have an NCR within the process and still have an effectiveness level of 3.

What key definitions of AS 9100 have changed?

  • Effectiveness — “The extent to which planned activities are realized and planned results are achieved.”
  • Planned activities — “The means, methods and internal requirements by which an organization intends to achieve planned results of a given process to meet customer requirements. This includes conformity to process requirements and procedures and is how we intend to achieve planned results.”
  • Planned results — “The intended performance of a process, as we define and measure it. This includes product conformity and OTD to meet customer requirements, and may include other elements as we define them.”

Here are the changes from AS9101D.

  • The Objective Evidence Report (OER) is no longer required.
  • Objective Evidence will be recorded on the Process Effectiveness Assessment Report (PEAR) and the QMS Process Matrix.
  • Definitions of planned activities and planned results have been added. No NCR is required at an effectiveness level of 2. Written forms will no longer be part of the standard; forms will be available online.