Changes to the AS9100 standard

BY Olivia Franklin ON July 7, 2017.




AS9100 has recently changed after ISO 9001’s transition to the 2015 standard. The concept of the standard has not changed but the structure has been aligned with the new ISO 9001.

What are the main differences between the old and new version?

  • The adoption of the high level structure
  • Risk-based thinking to support and improve the understanding and application of the process approach
  • Fewer prescriptive requirements
  • More flexibility regarding documentation
  • Improved applicability for services
  • A requirement to define the boundaries of the QMS
  • Increased emphasis on organizational context
  • Increased leadership requirements
  • Greater emphasis on achieving desired process results to improve customer satisfaction

Most ISO standards are now required to adopt this structure; making it easier for organizations to address the requirements of more than one ISO standard within a single integrated system. Some of the main benefits of the new AS 9100:2016 include; greater leadership involvement, more flexible documentation and effective supply chain management.

Why do standards change?

Standards are constantly revised to reflect the increasingly complex and changing environments organizations operate in. Standards have been created to enhance an organization’s ability to satisfy its customer’s business needs.

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