AS9100 & AS9120
With a focus on supply chain management, leading aerospace companies increasingly require their suppliers to become certified to AS9100 and/or AS9120.
This trend to concentrate on only “a few strategic suppliers”, places a heavy emphasis on supply chain management – a development that resulted in significantly increased demand. With an increase to more than 400 certified sites worldwide, DQS Inc. ranks among the most significant certification bodies for the aerospace industry. The offices of DQS Inc. in the USA and DQS GmbH in Germany hold strong market positions.
What is AS 9100 & AS 9120?
Aerospace industry suppliers that compete in an environment of high-risk products, either goods or services, benefit from the AS9100 and AS9120 standards. For the manufacturer (AS9100) or distributors (AS9120), these standards strategically enhance their quality management system.
What can be achieved?
- Continual improvement
- Increased error prevention
- Strengthening of reliability and process capability in an organization’s value chain
- A high degree of customer satisfaction
- Employee satisfaction
AS91xx series of standards offer a framework for comprehensive quality management systems based on ISO 9001.
In the course of neutral and independent assessments, the industry-authenticated DQS Inc. auditors focus on the identification of potential for improvement. This approach supplies significant momentum for improving productivity beyond the simple confirmation of conformance.
Benefits of certification include:
- Visible sign of the fulfillment of OEM requirements
- The organization is listed as a certified supplier in the OASIS database
- Cost savings Integration of requirements from the normative and legally regulated areas
- A transparent and logical structuring, release, and alteration of requirements, specifications, and products – by way of configuration management
The process starts with the client’s needs and expectations. DQS wants to learn about the client’s organization, its management system, size and types of operation. Together both parties will define objectives for the assessment and/or certification, including applicable standards and specifications.
DQS will provide a detailed offer for assessment and certification services, tailored to individual client needs, based on the information provided initially. A written contract will specify all relevant deliverables as well as applicable assessment and certification criteria.
A pre-audit can serve as initial performance or gap analysis, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. For larger assessment and certification projects a project planning meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the client to meet the lead assessor and develop a customized assessment plan for all functions and locations involved. Both services are optional.
The assessment procedure itself begins with review and evaluation of system documentation, goals, results of management review and internal audits. During this process, it will be determined whether the client’s management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification. The assessor will explain findings and coordinate any required activities to prepare for the on-site system assessment.
The assigned auditor team will audit the client’s management system at the place of production or service delivery. Applying defined management system standards and specifications, the assessment team will evaluate the effectiveness of all functional areas as well as all management system processes, based upon observations, inspections, interviews, review of pertinent records, and other assessment techniques. The audit result, including all findings will be presented to the client during the closing meeting. Required action plans will be agreed upon as necessary.
The independent certification function of DQS will evaluate the audit process and its results, and decide independently about issuance of the certificate. The client receives an audit report, documenting the audit results. When all applicable requirements are fulfilled the client also receives the certificate.
Either semi-annually or at least once per year, there will be an on-site audit of the critical components of the management system. Improvement potential will be identified, with a focus on continual improvement and sustained effectiveness.
A management system certificate is valid for a limited period of time, frequently for a maximum of three years. At the end of this cycle, a re-audit will be carried out to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of all applicable requirements. Subject to this fulfillment, a new certificate will be issued.
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