This revised version places increased emphasis on risk management, one of the key areas of expertise of IRQS. After more than one year since implementation of revision C, the effect is seen in increased control by the major aerospace companies throughout the supply chain. The supply chain QMSs are increasingly subject to input from the majors and are held accountable for lapses, even when not discovered by a registrar.

Quality management systems for the aerospace industry, AS9100 standard, are designed to meet stringent, complex and unique demands of the defense and commercial aviation industries.

Similar to ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 has nearly 100 additional requirements specific to Aerospace. Certification by an accredited AS9100 registrar provides organizations with a comprehensive QMS focused on areas directly impacting product safety and reliability, including:

Configuration management - requires that management discipline be applied over the life cycle of a product to provide visibility and control of its functional and physical characteristics.

Design - ensures that design responsible organizations have a robust design process to meet safety and reliability requirements demanded by the Aerospace industry.

Purchasing - requires effective controls over the organization’s entire supply chain, including the all important sub-contractors & jobbers, that typically run a lean operation. Even these smaller QMSs are now feeling the extent of revision C.

IRQS specializes in assisting small companies to achieve the improvements suggested through external audits, and internally driven improvements. We maintain Lead Auditor credential in Aerospace as evidence of our ongoing commitment to this industry and to remain aware of the important directions established within IAQG.