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Revised AS9100 series standards on schedule for 2016 publication

by L.L. "Buddy" Cressionnie

The international Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) recently announced that the AS9100:2016 series of standards is on track to be released for sector publication in April 2016.

The reason for the revision is that the AS9100 series is based on ISO 9001, therefore, it is affected by the revision to ISO 9001 being published later this year, the IAQG five-year review cycle as well as opportunities for improvement. ISO 9001:2015 is scheduled for publication in September, and organizations currently certified to it will have a three-year transition period.

The goal of the AS9100 series revision is to retain alignment to ISO 9001:2015, while also addressing specific aerospace industry and stakeholder needs.

Revising AS9100 standards allows the aerospace industry to continuously improve, and also allows IAQG to enhance or add requirements that may not be in ISO 9001:2015 but that have been requested by aerospace industry stakeholders.

The AS9100 series standards include the following IAQG standards, with AS9100 being the series baseline standard:

  • AS9100—Quality management systems—Requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations.1
  • AS9110—Quality management systems—Requirements for aviation maintenance organizations.2
  • AS9115—Quality management systems—Requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations—Deliverable software.3
  • AS9120—Quality management systems—Requirements for aviation, space and defense distributors.4

Table 1 shows new and revised areas in the AS9100:2016 series of standards.

Table 4

The AS9100 series standards being revised to harmonize with AS9100 and to address stakeholder inputs are:

  • AS9110. Revisions include updating content to be more maintenance, repair and operations (MRO)-centric and to improve consistency with civil and military aviation regulatory requirements. The applicability of this standard is extended to airlines performing continuing airworthiness management activities in addition to existing stakeholders, such as MRO and original equipment manufacturers that provide maintenance services.
  • AS9115. Revisions include adding content to enhance cybersecurity protections for software quality management systems, and recognizing cloud-based services and mobile applications.
  • AS9120. Revisions include improved coverage of quality requirements for prevention of counterfeit and unapproved parts. Even though AS9101—Quality management systems—Aviation, space and defense audits isn’t part of the series that uses ISO 9001 as a baseline, it is being revised in parallel with the AS9100 series to incorporate structure changes from AS9100 and ISO 17021. AS9101 is a crucial element for the transition of the AS9100 series.

The schedule for the release of the AS9100 series includes three major milestones:

  1. July 2015. A coordination draft is being released, allowing key stakeholders to provide feedback. This is the first time the draft standard is being circulated outside of the AS9100 series writing teams.
  2. December 2015. An IAQG ballot of the AS9100 series of standards will be conducted. This will be a sector review across the three IAQG sectors (Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific). The writing team will analyze comments from the ballot and make necessary changes. If technical content changes, other ballots will be required until the standard can be approved as balloted.5
  3. April 2016. The AS9100 series standards will be released for sector publication.

Support materials available

IAQG publishes support materials on the www.iaqg.org website to help users understand standards and make implementation easier. The significant amount of information available for IAQG standards includes frequently asked questions, summary presentations, articles, specific topic discussions on new or enhanced requirements, and posted clarifications.

The IAQG 9100 revision team is getting ahead of the game by populating content for AS9100:2016 to help stakeholders in preparations and communications. Content for this purpose includes:

  • AS9100:2016 series revision overview. This presentation includes information on IAQG’s ISO 9001 revision activity, AS9100 series revision activity, benefits and application of the standards, communications materials, a summary of revision activities and resource links.
  • AS9100:2016 key changes presentation. This presentation highlights some of the significant changes from AS9100:2009 to AS9100:2016.
  • AS9100:2016 comparison. This table shows the alignment between AS9100:2009 and AS9100:2016.

IAQG is seeking feedback using the online aerospace supplier information system regarding any need for clarification or questions users have during this transition.


  1. International Aerospace Quality Group, AS9100—Quality management systems—Requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations.
  2. International Aerospace Quality Group, AS9110—Quality management systems—Requirements for aviation maintenance organizations.
  3. International Aerospace Quality Group, AS9115—Quality management systems—Requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations—Deliverable software.
  4. International Aerospace Quality Group, AS9120—Quality management systems—Requirements for aviation, space and defense distributors.
  5. L.L. "Buddy" Cressionnie, "Road to Revision," Quality Progress, July 2013, pp. 47-49.

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

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