How Will AS9104/1A Affect Companies That Are AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Certified?

AS9104/1A was published on 01/07/2022 and is titled, “Requirements for Certification of Aviation, Space, and Defense Quality Management Systems”.  (The previous version of the standard was published in 2012.) This standard includes major revisions and covers the entire certification process and the requirements for:

  • Accreditation Bodies,
  • Certification Bodies (CBs) and their auditors,
  • Audits and reports, OASIS database, and more.

Below is a summary of the key changes, as well as how and when AS9104/1A will impact companies that are AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 certified.

AS9104/1A is intended for the Certification Bodies (CBs) to implement and roll out, but affects those companies that are AS certified or seeking AS certification for their QMS.

  1. There is a new Performance Based Surveillance/Recertification Program and Organization Certification Analysis Process Tool (OCAP). The audit duration calculator is being replaced with a risk-based analysis process based on a company’s performance data. This looks at various factors to evaluate risk, which include:
    1. Complexity – High risk might include multiple sites, complex products (many processes, unique/special processes), includes design. Low risk might include few processes, repetitive processes, simple or small scope
    2. Internal audit program robustness and effectiveness – All requirements covered annually, driven by risk and data, with evidence internal audits are preventing findings from the CB. This comes from using qualified and competent auditors.
    3. On-Time-Delivery – exceeding delivery requirements for the majority of customers.
    4. Product quality – Product escape rate is acceptable.
    5. Customer complaints – minimum number of complaints and corrective actions from customers, regulatory agencies (i.e. DCMA OASIS feedback), no major findings from CB audits, and no recent certificate suspensions.
    6. Process Effectiveness Assessment Reports (PEAR) performance risks based on good scores from past audits and KPI performance.

Most companies should not see a change in audit duration, but some with higher risks could see an increase, and some with lower risks could justify less audit days.

  1. The new standard eliminates “Campus”, “Several Site” and “Complex” classifications for determining audit days. There is no more summing of all employees from all sites and determining audit durations.  If you fell into a “Campus” classification, you will realistically see increased audit time.
  2. All companies must be transitioned by July 2023 by their CBs.

Expect to be contacted by your CB in the first half of 2022 if you are going to be affected by changes to audit durations for your sites, and to learn more about these upcoming changes and their impact.  More information is included in our blog Major Revision for AS9104/1.

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