An AS9100 Quality Management System Is Key to Reaching New Heights

There are very few, if any, industries where quality and safety are more important than in the aerospace sector. With literally no margin for error and a marketplace that is extremely competitive, organizations that manufacture components, supply materials, or provide services for aviation, space, and defense companies, must ensure their processes meet strict quality control standards and safety regulations. AS9100 quality management systems offer a pathway to compliance with these often rigorous requirements and regulations.
Seeking out AS9100:2016 audit and certification services can help  you and your aerospace organization meet AS9100 audit requirements.

The Benefits of an AS9100 Certificate

Smithers offers our AS9100 certification services to aerospace suppliers worldwide. With the successful implementation of AS9100 quality standards, suppliers can be listed in the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System (OASIS) database maintained by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), the body that oversees AS9100:2016. Aviation, space and defense companies use this database to find suppliers, so inclusion is crucial.
Achieving an AS9100 certificate also allows you to realize benefits like:

  • Alignment with IAQG strategies (90% of supply chain certified)
  • Increases in production efficiency
  • Higher rates of customer satisfaction
  • New business opportunities that require AS9100 certification
  • Public recognition of your quality commitment and independent validation of your processes

What Is AS9100 Certification?

The IAQG formed AS9100 in 1999 to provide a single, globally accepted quality standard for the aerospace industry. Based on the requirements found in the ISO 9001 certification standard, AS9100:2016 certification adds a specific focus on the quality, safety and technological processes utilized by an aerospace company throughout its supply chain. Among other factors, an AS9100 audit covers the:

  • Function and design status of products over their entire service life
  • Traceability of all raw materials, methods, tools and personnel
  • Definition of safety and function per customers and authorities
  • Risk analysis and assessment when using new technologies

Above and beyond ISO 9001, AS9100 quality management systems focus additional attention on:

  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Configuration management
  • Control of work transfers
  • Product safety
  • Management of counterfeit parts
  • Ethical behavior
  • Human factors 

Other differences involve design and development, purchasing, production and nonconforming products. 

Why Choose Smithers Quality Assessments for Your AS9100 Auditing Needs?

As a certification body, Smithers employs fully trained and highly skilled AS9100 auditors who strive to become an integral part of your team by providing you with valuable tools, like checklists and workbooks, that facilitate successful certifications and their maintenance. We can also work with your AS9100 internal auditors as they perform your AS9100 internal audit.

Our auditors are required to pass an industry competency test, which validates that you're working with knowledgeable and prepared individuals who can help you get the most out of the AS9100 auditing process.

Contact us to learn more about our AS9100 audit and certification services today!

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