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Compare AS9100D to ISO 9001:2015

AS9100 uses the ISO 9001 standard as a foundation for its requirements, adding specific requirements and notes throughout specific to the aviation, space and defense industry. As a result, transitioning from ISO 9001 to AS9100 is simple. It is also possible to implement a QMS system that is compliant to both ISO 9001 and certify areas engaged in the aerospace industry to AS9100.

ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100 Rev D are both based on Annex SL, a new high-level structure. Annex SL creates a common framework for all ISO management systems. This aligns the different management system standards, matches subclauses and uses a common language, allowing for an easier transition. Another great benefit of the newest revisions of the standards is the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, this can be applied to all processes (clause 4-10) and to the QMS as a whole. 

To help you understand the additional requirements and transition from ISO 9001 to AS9100, AS9100store has developed a gap checklist. This checklist will allow you to understand how your organization is meeting the requirements and what additional steps need to be taken.

What are the additional requirements? 

When transitioning from ISO 9001 to AS9100, you will find the additional requirements for AS9100 in italics. There are many areas that have additional requirements, but the following are the largest differences between the two standards:

Planning for Product Realization– This includes additional requirements for project management, risk management, configuration management of the products and control of work transfers. Risk identification and assessment are carried throughout the requirements of the standard as risk is critical for the aerospace industries.

Purchasing and purchased product– this section contains many additional requirements in regards to supplier control.

Production and Service Provision– This topic has the largest amount of change in AS9100. The reason is that this is the biggest difference from one industry to the other. The changes include production processes, as well as required controls on production equipment and support after delivery.

Non-conforming Process– AS9100 has more specific requirements on how to handle non-conformances and how to take action on processes and products, including what corrective actions need to take place if a nonconformance is found.

When transitioning from ISO 9001 to AS9100 it is important to remember that AS9100 was written and designed by the aerospace industry and is specific for use within this industry.

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