Ready for Takeoff

Revision of AS9100 expected this fall

by L.L. "Buddy" Cressionnie

The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) is putting finishing touches on the next revision of AS9100,1 the quality management system (QMS) standard for the aviation, space and defense (AS&D) industries.

AS9100 is based on and includes all of ISO 9001, which is scheduled for a minor amendment this fall. This amendment is triggering the revision of AS9100, which will include not only the ISO 9001:2008 changes, but also changes determined to be essential to the continual improvement of AS9100. These changes will include:

  • Expanding the scope to include the defense sector.
  • Adding or revising requirements to meet stakeholder needs.
  • Complying with IAQG’s strategy.

The first draft of the AS9100 revision was developed in July 2007 after extensive data mining from stakeholders. An AS9100 coordination draft to receive input to the added or revised requirements was sent to all stakeholders in November 2007.

The IAQG 9100 team then met in April to deal with the 182 comments received regarding the coordination draft and used the design specification to ensure a disciplined process in the evaluation of all comments.

AS91000 changes and additions being considered for inclusion meet the following requirements:

  • Constitute QMS requirements that are not contractual or contain product specific requirements.
  • Enhance clarity of requirements or address stakeholder needs.
  • Satisfy the needs of the broad IAQG 9100 user community through requirements that are suitable for use by all sizes and types of organizations in the AS&D sectors.
  • Provide benefits that outweigh the impact of implementation.
  • Are not prescriptive (establish what but not how) and can be audited.

The IAQG 9100 team also planned deployment support material and discussed synergies with other IAQG strategies and standards. Major changes from the existing standard to the AS9100 ballot draft, which was released in May, are detailed in Table 1

Table 1

Release schedules

The approved AS9100 comments and ISO 9001 amendments were included in an AS9100 ballot draft that was issued for IAQG member company voting in May. The team expects AS9100:2008 to be completed about one month after ISO 9001:2008, which is scheduled to be released in October.

The IAQG 9100 team plans to have deployment support material available concurrent with the completion of AS9100. These materials will include a press release on the main changes, frequently asked questions, overview training material and coordination actions planned with other IAQG standards and documents impacted by AS9100 changes.

Other IAQG standards and documents that will be updated shortly after the revised AS9100 standard include AS91012 on QMS assessment, AS9110 for maintenance organizations and AS9120 for stockist distributors.

Additional IAQG standards and documents, such as AS9102,3 which covers the aerospace first-article inspection requirement, and AS9103,4 which addresses variation management of key characteristics, will be reviewed for updates later.

The third-party (other party) registration transition period for AS9100 has not yet been determined but is expected to be two to three years after publication.

Any questions about AS9100 can be e-mailed through the IAQG website at www.iaqg.sae.org/iaqg/publications/SDRs_listing.pdf (case sensitive).


  1. IAQG (AS/EN/JIS-Q) 9100—Quality Management Systems—Aerospace—Requirements, IAQG, 2004.
  2. IAQG (AS/EN//SJAC) 9101—Quality Management System Assessment, IAQG, 2006.
  3. AS9102, Aerospace First Article Inspection Requirement, SAE International, 2004.
  4. AS9103, Variation Management of Key Characteristics, SAE International, 2001.

L.L. "Buddy" Cressionnie is the Americas lead for the IAQG 9100 team and is a voting member on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 176. In these roles, he represents the Lockheed Martin Corp., where he works in the aeronautics business area as a senior manager over quality and mission success processes. Cressionnie is an ASQ senior member with quality manager and quality auditor certifications. He is also a certified RABQSA aerospace experienced auditor and International Register of Certified Auditors lead auditor for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Cressionnie has an MBA from Texas Christian University and bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida.

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