Cheltenham based Kiwa UK is helping to introduce its sister company UNAVIAcert the Aerospace Certification Body.
UNAVIAcert provides certification to the following aerospace quality standards:
- ISO 9001 Quality Management System
- EN 9100 Aerospace quality management systems
- EN 9110 Quality management systems – required for maintenance organisations in the Aeronautical industry
- EN 9120 Quality management systems - required for component design and production suppliers to the aeronautical, space and defence industries
What is AS9100?
AS 9100 incorporates the entirety of the current version of ISO 9001. In addition it includes specific requirements relating to critical component - in-process quality control, materials traceability testing, inspection competence and issues relating to product safety. Major aerospace producers and suppliers globally require accredited certification against the AS 9100 quality standard as prerequisite to contract.
AS9100 (BS EN 9100) like ISO9001 is fundamentally a Plan Do (Communicate) Study Act cycle. In fact the changes from AS9100 rev B to Rev C force companies to define their processes (ie Plan), measure them as they operate (Do), Study them for effectiveness and create Action plans if they are not achieving targets.
Aerospace does demand some extra stages because the risk of getting things wrong is very serious. You'll need to understand these to plan the changes needed.
Rev D of the AS9100 scheme is expected in October 2016.
AS9100 certification is renewed every 3 years and required an annual factory production control inspection.
If you are a distributor or maintenance operation you'll also need to understand AS9110 or AS9120.
For more information please download our UNAVIAcert factsheet.
Kiwa is a member of MAA, WEAF and ADS.
Here are the ISO9000 and AS9100 Management Certification Scheme Rules. More information about the the background to AS9100 can be found here on the IAQG website.