What is AS9100?

AS9100 is the quality system requirements for suppliers to the aerospace industry issued August of 2001.  It was developed in the United States as AS 9000 in 1997, by a group of US aerospace prime contractors, including Allied-Signal. Allison Engine Company, Boeing, General Electric Aircraft Engines, Lockheed Martin. McDonnell Douglas, Northrop Grumman, Pratt Whitney, Rockwell Collins, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Hamilton Sundstrand. Upon the release of AS9000, companies such as Boeing discontinued use of their previous quality supplements in preference to compliance to AS9000.

Although aligned with ISO 9001:2000, the AS9100 Standard has 27 additional requirements unique to the aerospace industry and 18 amplifications of the ISO 9001:2000 Standard.  All of these are based on industry best practices.  You may order the standard from:

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Who should implement AS9100?

All major aerospace manufacturers and suppliers worldwide command compliance and/or registration to AS9100 as a condition of doing business with them.  This includes more than 70 percent of IAQG members have implemented the AS9100 standard internally and are flowing it down to their suppliers. It primarily pertains to aerospace part and/or process suppliers.

The Business Benefits of AS9100?

Increasingly, the industry is using the results of third-party registrars as a means of demonstrating a quality management system's compliance to AS9100.  Obviously, this means that being registered to AS9100 is a major competitive advantage over those not registered.  Beyond this, internal benefits include:

  • Increased robustness of the QMS by utilizing best industry practices
  • A reduction in multiple expectations and a consistency in verification methodology
  • A reduction in oversight costs and an improvement in supplier performance.

How can EuroQuest Help?

EuroQuest has a team of AS9100 experts who have practical experience in both the quality and in the aerospace industry.  We have assisted over companies of various sizes to implement AS9100.  Our solutions help companies leverage their resources to provide value add throughout the company. Whether you are looking for a small amount of guidance, or a complete turnkey system, we can help.  We measure our success by your improvement.

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