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Sam O'Connor
Vice President Technical Services

AS9100:2016 Series Standard Transition Metrics

As of July 2017, a total of 63 certifications have been issued worldwide to the revision D of AS9100. Audit data gathered from the OASIS NextGen database show the clauses of the standard were non-conformances are being documented against. This data list the number of minor and major non-conformances by clause.


While this information is important for any certified organization pending performance of a transition audit, it should be noted that these clauses are not the only area where a non-conformance may be issued during your audit. It is imperative an organization effectively plans, executes and monitors the implementation of the AS9100D revision in its quality management system. ASACB recommends that an organization utilize its internal audits program to monitor the implementation of all new requirements of new revision to ensure that the output realized is the expected output. This will provide a better outcome for a successful implementation of the new requirements.

ASACB has posted a gap assessment tool on its website which can be downloaded for free by any organization.  This can be accessed by clicking on the following link, then download the file titled "Gap Assessment 9100D". An organization will be able to see immediate results of how successful it was on implementing the standards new and/or clarified requirements when this tool is used in conjunction during your internal audits. It will also show our auditor's the efforts deployed to manage an effective and monitor deployment of the requirements into an organizations quality management system.


To further assist in the successful transition of currently certified organizations, the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) has created and made available deployment material which can be accessed through its web-site The following is a quick visual on how to navigate to this information.


To promulgate a lesson's learned environment industry developed a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) for the AS9100:2016 series revision. This information was obtained from experts and users of the standard from around the world. This information will be updated as new data becomes available. The FAQ's can also be accessed via the IAQG website under its deployment material section.

ASACB would like to provide some clarification to a few of the requirements of AS9100D.  These clarifications have been approved by industry and were presented to certification body personnel during the recent Registration Management Committee and Americas Aerospace Quality Group Meeting held in Minneapolis, MN in July 2017.

Clause 4.3 Scope Applicability

Clarification Requested: Can a build to print sheet metal manufacturer exclude clause 8.3 for tooling if they accept customer tool POs, design tools, make tools, and deliver them to the customer?


Accepted Clarification:

    • No, the tooling is considered a product since it is procured and delivered to the customer.
    • If the tooling Is not contracted or sold to the customer, then the development of tooling is an enabler to product build making of tooling is covered under clause 8.5.1d and

Clause 4.3 Scope Applicability

Clarification Requested:  A organization must develop and validate a complex manufacturing process to achieve the results (special processes, control software, automated measuring equipment). Are they required to use design and development processes?

Accepted Clarification:

    • No, 9100 requirements is for design and development of products and services, not of processes. An organization can use clause 8.3 for process development but it is not a requirement.

Clause 4.4 Process Measures

Clarification Request:  Can an organization just have a top-level process to evaluate effectiveness of QMS processes?

Accepted Clarification:

    • No, 9100 requires the organization to determine if the identified processes are effective and achieving planned results (see clause 4.4.1c). Each process measure should evaluate the effectiveness of that process and be value-added.  This is the measure that would be included in a Process Effectiveness Assessment Report (PEAR) as the key performance indicator for that process.


Transition to the new AS9100D requirements to say the least should not be taken lightly. The expiration date of September 15, 2018 of ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C/AS9110B/AS9120B is fast approaching. If your organization finds itself unprepared or needs the standards new requirements clarified please do not hesitate to contact ASACB's Accreditation Manager, George Ringger at or Vice President Technical Services, Sam O'Connor at We are here to assist you and we promise to get the correct answer to your question if we are unable to provide it.

Posted By Sam O'Connor | 9/26/2017 2:51:31 PM