4. AS9116A:2017

AS9115A:2017, Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Organizations – Deliverable Software, is a supplement for AS9100D:2016 to clarify the requirements for deliverable software.

AS9115 contains quality management system requirements for organizations that design, develop, and/or produce deliverable software and services for the aviation, space, and defense industry. This includes, as required, support software that is used in the development and maintenance of deliverable software and services. The deliverable software may be stand-alone, embedded, mobile application, or loadable into a target computer. This deliverable software may also be part of services (e.g., cloud environment, web hosted solutions or platforms).

Where the use of Hardware Description Language (HDL) or high order language is utilized as the design source of electronic hardware [e.g., Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), Programmable Logic Device (PLD)]; the organization and customer, and/or supplier must agree on the extent of applicability of this supplement.

NOTE: For airborne electronic hardware guidance, see RTCA/DO-254 or EUROCAE ED-80. For operations requirements, see AS9100 Section 8.

Where Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) or non-developmental software is integrated into a deliverable product, the organization and customer must agree on the extent of applicability of this supplement.


AS9115:2017 supersedes AS9115:2010. AS9115 has been revised to incorporate the new clause structure and content of ISO 9001:2015. In addition, industry requirements, definitions, and notes have been revised in response to ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 revisions and stakeholder needs.

AS9115 is a supplement to AS9100 providing clarification of the corresponding AS9100 requirements, as necessary, for deliverable software. In some cases, where clarification is needed, it was necessary due to the complexity of software to decompose “shall” statements in AS9100 into more granular requirements. Where no software clarification is required of the AS9100 requirements, the following phrase is presented: “The requirements of AS9100 apply. No clarification required for software.”

NOTE: AS9115 must be used in conjunction with AS9100; references throughout the text to AS9100 are understood to mean AS9100:2016.

You can order the 25-page AS9115A:2017 standard for $76 at this SAE web page.