AS9100, AS9110, or AS9120?

Which standard, AS9100, AS9110, or AS9120, is applicable to an organization in the aerospace industry? According to the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), the three quality management system standards are to be applied as follows:

AS9100 – Quality Management Systems – Aerospace – Requirements

AS9100:2004, Revision B, is intended for use by organizations that design, develop, and/or produce aviation, space, and defense products; as well as, by organizations providing post-delivery support, including the provision of maintenance, spare parts, or materials for their own products.

AS9101:2006, Revision C, is the Quality Management System Assessment standard. It defines the content and presentation of the AS9100 Assessment Report.

AS9110 – Quality Management Systems – Aerospace – Requirements for Maintenance Organizations

AS9110:2003 is intended for use by organizations whose primary business is providing maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for aviation sector products. It is tailored for organizations with National Airworthiness Authority (NAA) repair station certification, but is also suitable for non-certificated organizations, including those that provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for military aviation products.

The standard is also intended to be used by organizations with maintenance, repair, and overhaul operations that operate autonomously, or that are substantially different from their manufacturing operations.

AS9111:2005 is the Quality Management System Assessment standard for Maintenance Organizations.

AS9120 – Quality Management Systems – Aerospace – Requirements for Stockist Distributors

AS9120:2002 is intended for use by organizations that procure parts, materials, and assemblies and sell these products to a customer in the aviation, space, and defense industries. This includes organizations that procure products and split them into smaller quantities.

This standard is not intended for organizations that rework or repair products. Organizations that perform work that affects, or could affect, product characteristics or conformity should use AS 9100 or another general quality management system standard.

AS9121:2007, Revision A, is the Quality Management System Assessment standard for Stockist Distributors.

Upcoming AS9100 Revision 

AS9100 uses ISO 9001:2000 as its foundation, with additional aerospace requirements highlighted in bold, italic type. The ISO 9001 standard is being amended and its release is expected in October this year. This ISO 9001 revision is driving an update of AS9100.

The first draft of the AS9100 revision was issued November 8, 2007 based on the September 20, 2007 draft of ISO 9001. The publication of the AS9100 revision should be a few months after the issuance of ISO 9001:2008.

The AS9110 (Maintenance Organizations) and AS9120 (Stockist Distributors) standards are undergoing a similar revision process. Since they use AS9100 as the baseline, they are expected to trail the AS9100 revision by about six months.

The AS9101 checklist is being revised as a more process-oriented tool, as well as, to apply across AS9100, AS9110, and AS9120. It will be introduced into the audit process as organizations make the transition to the revised AS9100, AS9110, and AS9120 standards.