AS9100:2016 – Does your aerospace company effectively monitor external providers? By Jim Lee

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The Aerospace world is still anticipating release of the 2016 AS 9100 Series in October. In previous blogs I’ve covered some of the revisions to give you a more in-depth look at what’s to come and how it may impact your AS quality management system. One significant change is the requirement for greater control of external providers and sub-tier suppliers, based on risk. For example:

  • Delegations in clause 8.4.2 require you to periodically monitor the external provider’s delegated verification activities. Auditors are going to look to see that you don’t just receive and file Certificates of Conformance or raw material certs or FAI’s.  Companies will need to determine what monitoring means to you based on risk.   This clause also requires that you implement a process for any external test reports, to evaluate the data in those test reports to confirm that the product meets requirements.  If raw material is a significant operational risk (a critical item), there needs to be a process to validate the accuracy of test reports.
  • Verification activities in clause 8.4.2 will require inspections or periodic testing when there is high risk of nonconformities including counterfeit parts. Periodic testing of raw materials has returned to the standard.  The level and frequency is based on risk, historical problems, and being prone to counterfeit parts.
  • Control of externally provided products and services in clause 8.4.1 will require your company to understand the risks to determine whether your supplier’s interaction with your sub-tier suppliers is as robust as expected and needed.

 

For more information about the new standard the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and American Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) offer an AS9100:2016 Series Revision Overview.

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A Sneak Peek at AS91XX:2016

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AS91XX:2016 SNEAK PEAK

The new aerospace standards are due to be released in October. The changes apply to AS9100 for manufacturers, AS9110 for aircraft maintenance, AS9120 for distributors, and AS9115 for software. Tied with these is AS9101 primarily for the certification bodies on how to audit these standards. There are additional AS standards, some are guidance documents, like AS9146 Foreign Object Damage/Debris (FOD) Prevention, which are also changing.

SimpleQuE can help you to prepare and understand the impact to your organization. Therefore, over the coming weeks, we’ll cover the significant changes to expect with the release.

  1. There is a new clause 8.1.3 specifically focused on product safety and the workers’ impact. The added requirements to be aware of:
    1. Their contribution to product or service conformity (always in ISO, but could extend to temps, subcontractors and suppliers in your control)
    2. Their contribution to product safety (new, and includes flow down to external providers)
    3. The importance of ethical behavior (new, and includes flow down to external providers)

Product safety should be considered throughout the product lifecycle. Product lifecycle extends outside of the control of your company and includes supply chain, customers and end users. Our understanding is that auditors will be looking to see that you know where your parts are used, what the expected lifecycle may be, which can include obsolescence, and that your planning process really addresses and considers product safety through the entire product lifecycle.

  1. There is a new clause 8.1.4 specifically for counterfeit parts prevention, including suspect counterfeit parts. Counterfeit parts are typically focused around electronics, circuit boards, and fasteners. It can include raw materials and traceability. People don’t often think about counterfeit parts with intellectual property and trademark infringement. The standard wants to see that counterfeit parts, obsolescence of product, and risk are considered through engineering, purchasing, planning, control and inspections. It is also touched in other clauses 8.1 a, 6.3, 8.2.2 d, 8.3.3 f, 8.4.1, 8.4.2, 8.4.2 d, 8.4.3 k, 8.5.2 Note, and 8.7.1.

These are just a few of the changes. We’ll continue to publish more, so keep watching.