AS 9104 Withdrawn in favor of AS 9104/1, AS 9104/2 and AS 9104/3

AS 9104, the SAE Aerospace Standard on Requirements for Aerospace Quality Management System Certification/Registrations Programs, has been withdrawn.  This standard is part of the As 9100 series of Aerospace Quality Management Standards used extensively by the industry.  The replacement documents, the AS 9104/1, AS 9104/2, and AS 9104/3, divide the content of the original AS 9104 into parts.

The last edition of the AS 9104 (Revision B) was released in 2005 and reaffirmed in 2013.  Shortly after the Revision B release, the caretaker organization (the International Aerospace Quality Group – IAQG) decided it was too complex.  Work was undertaken to divide this standard on all aspects of what’s called Industry Controlled Other Party (ICOP) quality management into 3 sections.  These are the superseding parts 1, 2 and 3.

Let’s take a look at the 3 replacement parts:

AS 9104/1Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Quality Management System Certification Programs

This part was released in 2012.  It is the “keystone” document of the set.  The series is used to insure quality throughout the supply chain.  How?  By creating a methodology for testing and certifying suppliers to the industry that can be accepted internationally.  This overview document provides the general requirements for meeting this scheme.

AS 9104/2, Requirements for Oversight of Aerospace Quality Management System Registration/Certification Programs

This part was originally released in 2007 and updated with Revision A in 2014.  It provides a robust oversight process to ensure conformance to the requirements of the series.  It does so by establishing oversight committees and teams of assessors, and setting requirements for assessments and assessment tools.   Assessment reporting is also standardized here.

AS 9104/3, Requirements for Aerospace Auditor Competency and Training Courses

As this part from 2007 states, an assessment program is only as good as the assessors.  As with many quality auditing systems, need for common requirements for the assessors is a must.  This standard relies on the criteria established by the ISO 19011 section 7 as well as the ISO/IEC Guide 62.  You’ll need to have auditors who meet these specific requirements for competency and have passed the required training courses defined in this Part 3.

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