AS9100 / AS9120 Quality Management for Aerospace

An increasing number of major aerospace contractors are now requiring the use of AS 9100 by their supply chain, which is propelling its use throughout the industry. AS 9100 certification is encouraged for suppliers of Boeing, Rolls Royce Allison, GEAE, NASA, Honeywell and many others.

Meeting room people smiling AS9100 / AS9120 Certifications

Why Work with Orion on AS9100?

Orion is a trusted partner the aerospace industry can rely on for its quality management certification needs

We are currently the only firm endorsed by three industry associations to audit their members, and we reward this trust by only using auditors that have an overall customer satisfaction rating of 99% or better. Our auditors have over 15 years of auditing experience, making them seasoned and proven professionals.

Our vast and lengthy experience means that we truly know and understand the aerospace industry, including its typical processes, commonly used software, and industry terminology. As a result, our auditing services are efficient and effective, and we will work with you to establish mutual goals up front to make sure your needs are fully met. If you are looking to certify to multiple standards, we also provide integrated audits so that you can achieve certification in one audit, ultimately saving you both time and money.

Whether you are aiming to stay competitive in your existing markets, or to break into new markets that require additional standardization, Orion can help you get to where you need to be. By providing this visible commitment to your customers, you increase their confidence in your company and your product or service.

What Is AS9100?

The AS 9100 Aerospace Quality Standard includes all the requirements of the ISO 9001 certification, while adding elements specific to the aerospace industry. This includes configuration and design, reviews of subcontractors performing work outside of the certified organization’s facilities, and product documentation.

As in most industries, implementing the AS 9100 aerospace quality standard provides assurances to customers while encouraging innovation and vigilant improvement processes within an organization.

Breakdown of the Standard

AS 9100 certification can be attained by companies specializing in:

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Equipment

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Aircraft accessories

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Airport and airline operations

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Spares supply and maintenance

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Flight operations

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Cargo handling or other organizations interested in certification

AS 9100 certification specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization:

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Needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that conforms to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements;

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Aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system.

Overview of the Audit Process

Orion Assessment Service can assist your organization in achieving certification from the initial application request, and through to the required stages which include:

Sign the Agreement

1

Sign the Agreement

Orion must provide a quote for all ISO standards. The terms and conditions must be signed and returned to Orion along with any required deposit.
1

Perform GAP Audit (optional)

2

Perform GAP Audit (optional)

Prior to your Stage 1 or Stage 2 audit, Orion can perform a gap audit to identify major gaps in meeting the requirements of the standard. This independent review will identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. Many companies prefer undergoing a preliminary gap audit to ensure they fully understand the standard’s requirements prior to their actual certification audits.
2

Perform Stage 1 Audit:
Readiness Review

3

Readiness Review

This review is conducted to determine whether your organization is ready to move to Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit) by confirming that:

  • The management system addresses all the requirements of the standard.
  • The management system has been implemented and the client is ready for the Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit).

Note that a full management review and internal audit must occur prior to conducting the Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit)

3

Perform Stage 2 Audit:
Certification Audit

4

Certification Audit

This onsite audit is conducted to ensure that the processes and documents examined during the Stage 1 Audit (Readiness Review) are in use and that the system is implemented according to the requirements of the standard.

The key deliverables from this stage include:

  • An audit report detailing positive aspects, issues for resolution (non-conformances), and areas for improvement.
  • A recommendation regarding your registration.
4

Finalize Audit Report
and Receive Certificate

5

Finalize Audit Report and Receive Certificate

The results from the Stage 1 and Stage 2 audits are reviewed to ensure that all Orion accreditation requirements have been met and a proper recommendation made. At this point, approval is given to either certify, seek clarification, or not certify.

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Perform Surveillance
or Recertification Audit

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Perform Surveillance or Recertification Audit

Registration is based on a 3-year cycle. To maintain your certification, your organization must participate in an onsite review each year. The first two are surveillance audits and only look at a portion of your system, whereas the third-year review (re-certification) is a more comprehensive audit and looks at your overall system for continued effectiveness.

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Sign the Agreement

1

Sign the Agreement

Orion must provide a quote for all ISO standards. The terms and conditions must be signed and returned to Orion along with any required deposit.
1

Perform GAP Audit (optional)

2

Perform GAP Audit (optional)

Prior to your Stage 1 or Stage 2 audit, Orion can perform a gap audit to identify major gaps in meeting the requirements of the standard. This independent review will identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. Many companies prefer undergoing a preliminary gap audit to ensure they fully understand the standard’s requirements prior to their actual certification audits.
2

Perform Stage 1 Audit:
Readiness Review

3

Readiness Review

This review is conducted to determine whether your organization is ready to move to Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit) by confirming that:

  • The management system addresses all the requirements of the standard.
  • The management system has been implemented and the client is ready for the Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit).

Note that a full management review and internal audit must occur prior to conducting the Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit)

3

Perform Stage 2 Audit:
Certification Audit

4

Certification Audit

This onsite audit is conducted to ensure that the processes and documents examined during the Stage 1 Audit (Readiness Review) are in use and that the system is implemented according to the requirements of the standard.

The key deliverables from this stage include:

  • An audit report detailing positive aspects, issues for resolution (non-conformances), and areas for improvement.
  • A recommendation regarding your registration.
4

Finalize Audit Report
and Receive Certificate

5

Finalize Audit Report and Receive Certificate

The results from the Stage 1 and Stage 2 audits are reviewed to ensure that all Orion accreditation requirements have been met and a proper recommendation made. At this point, approval is given to either certify, seek clarification, or not certify.

5

Perform Surveillance
or Recertification Audit

6

Perform Surveillance or Recertification Audit

Registration is based on a 3-year cycle. To maintain your certification, your organization must participate in an onsite review each year. The first two are surveillance audits and only look at a portion of your system, whereas the third-year review (re-certification) is a more comprehensive audit and looks at your overall system for continued effectiveness.

6

Sign the Agreement

Orion must provide a quote for all ISO standards. The terms and conditions must be signed and returned to Orion along with any required deposit.
1

Perform GAP Audit (optional)

Prior to your Stage 1 or Stage 2 audit, Orion can perform a gap audit to identify major gaps in meeting the requirements of the standard. This independent review will identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. Many companies prefer undergoing a preliminary gap audit to ensure they fully understand the standard’s requirements prior to their actual certification audits.
2

Perform Stage 1 Audit:
Readiness Review

This review is conducted to determine whether your organization is ready to move to Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit) by confirming that:

  • The management system addresses all the requirements of the standard.
  • The management system has been implemented and the client is ready for the Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit).

Note that a full management review and internal audit must occur prior to conducting the Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit)

3

Perform Stage 2 Audit:
Certification Audit

This onsite audit is conducted to ensure that the processes and documents examined during the Stage 1 Audit (Readiness Review) are in use and that the system is implemented according to the requirements of the standard.

The key deliverables from this stage include:

  • An audit report detailing positive aspects, issues for resolution (non-conformances), and areas for improvement.
  • A recommendation regarding your registration.
4

Finalize Audit Report
and Receive Certificate

The results from the Stage 1 and Stage 2 audits are reviewed to ensure that all Orion accreditation requirements have been met and a proper recommendation made. At this point, approval is given to either certify, seek clarification, or not certify.

5

Perform Surveillance
or Recertification Audit

Registration is based on a 3-year cycle. To maintain your certification, your organization must participate in an onsite review each year. The first two are surveillance audits and only look at a portion of your system, whereas the third-year review (re-certification) is a more comprehensive audit and looks at your overall system for continued effectiveness.

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Schedule a Consultation

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