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Transition Planning for AS9100 Revision D

When do you need to take action?

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:00

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Organizations that build, supply, design, or maintain products, parts, or services for the aerospace industry generally must be certified to the AS9100 family of standards (including AS9110, which is specifically for aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul [MRO] organizations; and AS9120, for aerospace warehouse and distribution operations). AS9100 Revision D is the latest version of this sector-specific standard.

Companies wishing to register to this newest version of the standard must act quickly to meet the transition timelines. Following is a short primer offering some general information about these deadlines.

What needs to happen?

Registrants to AS9100 Revision D fall into two general categories: those that are already certified to Revision C, and those that are registering to the standard for the first time.

Organizations holding certifications to AS9100 Revision C will need to review the language differences between the two versions and consider what may need to change in their internal processes to upgrade to AS9100 Revision D. It may be worthwhile to consider a gap assessment to get a better handle on the organizational changes that the new version will require.

Those that are going through the AS9100 certification process for the first time will also want to be well-versed in the language of the standard to better understand the procedures that they may need to implement. An internal audit may be valuable to probe for nonconformances that can be addressed as far upstream as possible.

When does it need to happen?

As of June 15, 2017, third-party certification bodies such as Intertek are no longer auditing to Revision C of AS9100. All Revision C certifications will automatically expire on September 14, 2018.

This means now is the time to act to achieve AS9100 Revision D certification. Gap assessments, internal audits, corrective actions, and the scheduling of third-party registrar audits all take time—and if your registrar finds noncomformances, additional rounds of corrective actions will likely be required, which will take more time.

The bottom line is that the AS9100 Revision D certification or recertification process can easily stretch on for a few months. Being proactive and getting started now offers you the best opportunity to avoid problems and delays later, and ensure that there’s no gap in your registration.

Next steps

Now that you understand the basics of transition timing and planning for AS9100 Revision D, you’ll want some detail about the key language changes to this new version of the standard. Click here to find out more, or read a general overview of that standard here.

For further details about AS9100 Revision D and the opportunity to ask questions of a quality professional with extensive experience in this sector, be sure to check out Intertek’s AS9100 Revision D Update Webinar with presenter Gene Morrison, to be held Sept. 14, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific. Register here to attend.

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Intertek goes beyond testing, inspecting, and certifying products. Intertek provides a systemic approach to supporting its customers’ quality assurance efforts in each of the areas of their operations including R&D, raw materials sourcing, components suppliers, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and retail channels, and consumer management. Intetek’s network of more than 40,000 employees in 1,000 laboratories and offices in 100 countries provides quality and safety solutions to a wide range of industries.