Preparing for AS9100:2016

First published: 14 Jan 2016

TEC Transnational has launched a one-stop-shop to help companies prepare for the next generation of aerospace/defence standards

The AS9100:2016 series of standards are on track for release in April, which means suppliers will need to upgrade their quality management systems to conform to the new/amended requirements and exploit the benefits of a process-based system. The ‘transition clock’ is already ticking – and companies will have be certified no later than 15th September 2018!

David Pitts, TEC manager, said: “We are only a few weeks away from the new AS9100 series of standards going live, so the clock is ticking! It is vitally important that suppliers are trained and certified in the new requirements.”

“Being certified could open doors for more business. Equally not being certified could mean losing contracts, so getting up to speed is a must.”

TEC’s one-stop-shop empowerment training covers the requirements to satisfy the forthcoming AS9100 changes and ensure that suppliers are capable of operating the additional techniques required. Topics such as APQP & PPAP (AS9145), AS13000, AS13003, AS9102 and AS9103 are likely to be involved.

“We know that one size will not fit all and that different suppliers will want training in different areas so that’s why we’ve gone down the one-stop-shop route,” added Mr Pitts.

He continued: “I’d encourage all suppliers to give TEC a call and we can go through which courses are required and put a suitable training plan together. We’ll hold your hand every step of the way, so come April, you’ll be up-and-running and fully proficient in the revised AS9100 standards!”

Based on the ISO 9100:2014 draft International Standard, some of the changes are expected to include; making risk-based thinking more explicit and incorporating it into requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving the Quality Management System (QMS)

As well as this, organisations will need to determine the issues and requirements that can impact on the planning and development of the QMS and the ‘process approach’ will become an explicit requirement across all disciplines.

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