Revised AS9100 to be Available in August

The AS9100 quality standard for the aerospace industry has been revised for ISO 9001:2000 and will be available from the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) in early August. The revised AS9100 uses the ISO 9001:2000 clause structure and contains no new requirements (beyond those of ISO 9001:2000).

However, AS9100 reinstates some language on inspection and test that was dropped from ISO 9001:1994. According to one of the document authors, this is a sensitive area for the Federal Aviation Administration and civil air authorities. Although most readers would consider the subject to be adequately covered, the more specific wording for inspection and test was used for people that might be reading the standard for the first time.

According to a company spokesperson, Boeing is expected to announce to its suppliers in July that they must comply with the revised AS9100 by December 2003. Boeing will use its own procurement auditors to determine if suppliers are compliant to AS9100. Third-party registration to AS9100 will not be required by Boeing, but may be recognized on a case-by-case basis.