Prepare For The AS9003 Compliance Certificate

Small volume manufacturers often don’t have formal quality management systems and don’t meet all the requirements of AS9100, or even ISO 9001. The Department of Defense (DoD/DCMA), NASA Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman are a few of the companies that allow compliance evidence to AS9003 in lieu of AS9100 or ISO 9001 in their contracts and supplier requirements.

AS9003 is no longer an accredited 3rd party certifiable standard (due to the low volume and low demand for certification). Most registrars do not issue certifications to AS9003.  Therefore, NASA, the DoD and others allow evidence of independent compliance audits versus certification to AS9003. To receive the AS9003 Letter of Compliance, your company must be audited by a second party like simpleQuE. Before that takes place, you want to do everything necessary to ensure you are prepared. Our consultants will work with you, using our AS experience and expertise along with tools and resources to implement your quality management system and be sure it meets the requirements of AS9003.

Our Gap Analysis identifies what needs to be implemented or changed based on the extent to which a company already complies with its current systems. The gap assessment then serves as an action plan, listing each task to be completed. A valuable project management tool, it allows the company to assess its own timing expectations based on the resources available. The gap analysis can also serve as a pre-assessment tool or readiness audit, enabling our consultants to coach and consult when problems are found.

Our Auditors can conduct a full audit, evaluating every aspect of your business: every function, every process, every product or service. Let simpleQuE perform your annual compliance audit to AS9003 using AS certified auditors.

Our Customized On-Site Training is designed to meet the specific needs of an organization.

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For more insight, read our blog:  AS9003B – Inspection and Test Quality Systems Requirements is Published as “Stabilized”

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Benefits of the AS9003 Compliance Certificate

Having the AS9003 Letter of Compliance provides your company with a variety of benefits. When properly implemented, it creates a more efficient, effective operation for a company while it improves employee awareness and motivation, and increases customer satisfaction.

Here are some additional reasons to get certified:

  • Meet Client Requirements – More and more customers are demanding that their vendors be certified. If your business doesn’t meet this criteria you could be losing out on sales.
  • Increase Revenue – Studies show that certified organizations are paid 7% more on average, have better sales growth and an improved ROA. (source:
  • Reduce Waste – By establishing the rigor of a Quality Management System, you can reduce inefficiency and make the most of your business’ time and resources.
  • Monitor Brand Image – Maintaining quality in your organization minimizes the chance of a slip-up or error that could hurt your reputation.
  • Manage Risk – By adopting these standards, you will learn how to best identify and mitigate threats to your business model.

Most importantly, as your company grows, becoming certified will be vital to fostering continued success in the future.

Helping Boeing get ISO Certified

“The help and assistance provided by simpleQuE was instrumental in making our surveillance and transition audit to AS9100:2016 happen. The support we received during the Gap Analysis and our internal audit prior to the registrar audit positioned us to be successful.” – Keith J., Quality Engineer, ArgonST (Boeing)

The simpleQuE Advantage

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Whether you have a management system in place or are just developing one, understanding the requirements and having an experienced consultant or auditor by your side is key. Our team members have third-party auditing experience, industry-related work experience, and firsthand knowledge of what is required to pass a certification assessment and maintain certification.

The experts at simpleQuE can keep you on track with their simple, customized approach – “Quality Excellence Made Simple”.

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