GAB Consultancy is dedicated to assisting companies achieve ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, ISO 18001, AS 9100 and AS 9120 certification.
AS 9100 is the quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace industry. It had long been considered by some entities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), that the ISO 9000 series of standards were inadequate in terms of ensuring quality and safety in the “high risk” aerospace industry.
AS 9000 was first published in August 1997 and was written with input from a number of large aerospace prime contractors including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and GE Aircraft Engines and was written against the clauses of ISO 9001:1994.
In late 1999, the first revision of AS 9100 was published by The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) with input from the American Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) and support from the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC).
The current version of AS 9100 aligns the standard with ISO 9001:2008 and has extra requirements regarding Regulatory Compliance and the following aerospace-sector specific requirements:
As a result, ISO 9001:2008 is totally encompassed within AS 9100 with these additional requirements applied specifically addressing aviation safety concerns. It is also the only standard which considers the role of the Regulatory Authorities and so many of the “add-ins” are directly traceable to FAA Regulations FAR Part 21 (Certification Procedures for Products and Parts), Part 39 (Airworthiness Directives) and Part 45 (Identification and Registration Marking).
However it must be remembered that AS 9100 remains complementary to contractual and applicable law and regulations. Any business implementing an AS 9100 compliant quality system must ensure the additional requirements of their customers, regulatory agencies (FAA, JAA etc) and local, state and national laws are referenced within the systems documentation.
There is now a family of the AS 9100 Standards applicable to different areas of the aerospace industry which includes the following:
AS 9101 – Quality System Assessment (the checklist corresponding to AS9100 rev C)
AS 9102 – Aerospace First Article Inspection Requirements
AS 9104 – Standard for overall control of Aerospace Scheme
AS 9110 – Requirements for Maintenance Organisations
AS 9120 – Requirements for Stockists and Distributors
Implementing AS 9100 will motivate staff by defining their key roles and responsibilities. Cost savings can be made through improved efficiency and productivity as product or service deficiencies will be highlighted. From this, improvements can be developed, resulting in less waste, inappropriate or rejected work and fewer complaints. Customers will notice that orders are met consistently, on time and to the correct specification. This can open up the market place to increased opportunities. An additional benefit due to the standardized processes and procedures is the reduction in multiple expectations due to the consistency in verification.
Once all the requirements of AS 9100 have been met it is time for an external audit. This should be carried out by a third party, accredited registrar. GAB Consultancy will review the quality manuals and procedures. This process involves looking at the company’s evaluation of quality and ascertains if targets set for the management program are measurable and achievable. This is followed at a later date by a full on-site audit to ensure that working practices observe the procedures and stated objectives and that appropriate records are kept. AS 9101 will be used as the assessment checklist.
After a successful audit a certificate of registration to AS 9100 will be issued. There will then be surveillance visits (usually once or twice a year) to ensure that the system continues to work.
GAB Consultancy has an enviable record for customer satisfaction for its certification services. A friendly approach and a dislike of bureaucracy have led to unprecedented growth through referrals from contented clients. GAB Consultancy provides a practical, meaningful audit, carried out in an air of mutual understanding. We firmly believe that an audit should benefit the organization that requests it, not be an intellectual exercise to ‘please’ the auditor.