AS9110 and AS9120

The AS9100, Revision C, aerospace standard was published early this year. You can read about the changes introduced by the new edition in this AS9100C PDF file at my web site.

Tailored versions of AS9100C for maintenance organizations (AS9110A) and distributors (AS9120A) are now available.

AS9110, Revision A, is for organizations that provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for commercial and military aviation products. It is also for original equipment manufacturers with maintenance, repair, and overhaul operations that operate autonomously, or that are substantially different from their manufacturing and production operations.

AS9120, Revision A, is for organizations that procure parts, materials, and assemblies, and then resell these products to customers in the aviation, space, and defense industries. This includes organizations that procure products and split them into smaller quantities for resale.

Certification to AS9100C, AS9110A, and AS9120A will not begin until after their AS9101D checklist becomes available, which may not be until early next year.

In the past, the AS9101 checklist was only for use with AS9100. The AS9110 maintenance standard had its own checklist (AS9111), as did the AS9120 distribution standard (AS9121). A major change in the AS9101D checklist is that it will apply to AS9100C, AS9110A, and AS9120A. Therefore, AS9101D will replace the related checklists AS9101C, AS9111, and AS9121.

The current audit checklists support an elemental approach to assessing quality management systems. They also focus the auditor on completing the checklist and end up taking valuable time away from actual auditing.

The AS9101D update is expected to help transition auditing practices to align with ISO 17021 (the Stage 1 and Stage 2 certification approach), as well as, promote methods that support process-based management audits.

Some of expected changes in the new AS9101 checklist are:

  • One checklist supporting AS9100, AS9110, and AS9120
  • Elimination of the scoring and key requirements designations
  • Including determination of effectiveness in addition to conformity
  • More emphasis on performance measurements
  • Introduction of the objective evidence record

Additional AS9100:2009 standard guidance and deployment support material is available at this IAQG web page.