Officially, AS9100:2004 (also known as AS9100 Rev B) expired on June 30, 2012. Its replacement, AS9100 Rev C (also known as AS9100:2009), was introduced to aerospace quality professionals back in 2009.
Due to a number of reasons, many firms did not start to certify or re-certify their Quality Management Systems (QMS) early enough to beat the expiration date for AS9100:2004. Subsequently, many companies now do not have a compliant QMS for the aviation, space, and defense industries. (You can check on a firm’s AS9100 certification status at: https://www.sae.org/?PORTAL_CODE=IAQG )
Some Important Questions for Those in the Aviation, Space, and Defense Industries:
- How important is having all of your suppliers AS9100 certified?
- If a supplier does not have their QMS AS9100 certified, will your company purchase from them? Are there any exceptions?
- Assuming that a supplier was previously certified under the old AS9100:2004 standard, but not certified under the current AS9100 Rev C standard, what will your company do? Is this something that your company would overlook (perhaps in the interest of not upsetting a current sourcing process) or will your company be forced to source goods and services only from compliant companies with AS9100 Rev C certification?
- If your company purchases goods and services from companies without AS9100 Rev C certification, does this violate your company’s AS9100 policies and procedures? If so, what are the ramifications?
Please provide your thoughts. We’d like to hear back from you.
More Information about AS9100 Rev C
For more information about AS9100 Rev C including topics such as:
- Reasons why the AS9100 Standard was changed
- Goals and Objectives of the Revision C Version of AS9100
- Changes Made to AS9100 in Revision C
please visit “The AS9100 Quality Management System Standard”