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AS9120 – Industry-specific ISO standard for aerospace

Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Distributors

In December, 2016 the AS9120B version of the standard was released. The update incorporates changes in the ISO 9001:2015 standard in addition to considering aviation, space and defense stakeholders’ needs. The updated AS9120B version includes additional requirements such as configuration management, product and service conformity and on-time delivery measurements, counterfeit parts, work transfers, and human factors consideration. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the AS9120B standard is made up of the ISO 9001:2015 requirements.

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Additional Aviation, Space and Defense requirements for distributors

The AS9120 ISO standard is specific for stockist or pass-through distributors or resellers, not manufacturers. If you are a manufacturer for the aerospace industry, see AS9100. The AS9120 standard addresses requirements for companies that resell, distribute, and warehouse parts for aircraft and other aerospace applications, but do not change the characteristics of the product.. It does not pertain to value-added distributors nor companies that provide rework or repair.

AS9120 includes additional requirements beyond the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Primarily, these additional requirements address:

Risks associated with external provision of products, processes and services

Batch and lot splitting

Foreign object prevention and detection (FOD)

Traceability from receipt of the product to delivery

Counterfeit parts prevention and detection

Evidence of conformance and on time delivery

The AS9120 quality management system focuses on process requirements that distribution service quality.

Core Business Solutions has qualified AS9120B consultants ready to help you achieve certification. Support for the AS9120B standard is available through our Online and Onsite Consulting Programs.

Core Business Solutions has qualified AS9120B consultants ready to help you achieve certification.

Our AS9120 clients include:

Small businesses currently ISO 9001 certified seeking to upgrade their quality management system to meet aerospace requirements.

Small businesses with no certification seeking AS9120 qualification.

If you are currently AS9120A certified and need to transition, contact us today. After June 15, 2017, all new audits must be to the new AS9120B standard.

To learn more about first time certification, contact us at 866-354-0300 or email info@thecoresolution.com

Related standard

See ISO 9001

See AS9100 for aerospace manufacturers