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

AS 9104/1 2012 Edition, “Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Quality Management System Certification Programs,” has just been released by SAE International and is now available at Document Center Inc.  These requirements are applicable to IAQG (International Aerospace Quality Group) global sectors when utilizing Aerospace Industry Controlled Other Party (ICOP) schemes for the assessment and certification of supplier quality systems in accordance with the requirements AS/EN/SJAC 9104.  The new document notes that it,  AS 9104/2 and AS 9104/3, replace the AS 9104 Revision A from 2005.

The AS 9104, “Requirements for Aerospace Quality Management System Certification/Registrations Programs,” was released in 2004.  At that time there was concern that the content was too complex for just one standard.  So work on the now complete 3 section replacements began.  They are:

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

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

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

The original AS 9104, however, has not yet been canceled by SAE.

AS 9104/1 defines the basic requirements for managing the AQMS (Aerospace Quality Management System) certification scheme (commonly referred to as the ICOP scheme).  It is the overview document of the 3 standards.  AS 9104/2 and 9104/3 provide specific requirements for defining the oversight process and the AQMS auditor qualification and training requirements respectively.

AS 9104/1 also provides guidance for the use of the required audit process reporting tools (AS 9101) and provides clarifications and process improvements resulting from the lessons learned during the initial operation of the ICOP scheme.

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