AS9120:2016 – Aviation, Space and Defense
for Distributors

Quality Management Systems

The most recent version of the AS9120 standard was released in December, 2016. It is based on the changes included in the ISO 9001:2015 standard. The latest version is sometimes referred to as AS9120B and is designed specifically for Aviation, Space and Defense Distributors. 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 (75%) percent of the AS9120B standard is made up of ISO 9001:2015 requirements.


AS9120 Certification Requirements

The AS9120 standard addresses requirements for companies that resell, distribute, and warehouse parts for aircraft and other aerospace, defense 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. The AS9120 standard is specific for stockist or pass-through distributors or resellers, not manufacturers. If you are an aerospace manufacturer, see the AS9100 standard page.

AS9120 includes additional requirements beyond ISO 9001:2015. 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 for distribution service quality.

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Consulting Support for AS9120

Core Business Solutions has qualified AS9120 consultants ready to help you achieve certification. Support for the AS9120 standard is available through all of our Online and Onsite Consulting Programs. We also provide consulting support for companies seeking multiple certifications (such as ISO 14001 and ISO 45001) through an Integrated Management System.

Our consultants translate the technical language of the standard into Plain English and make it as simple and effective for your organization as possible. Implemented properly, AS9120 gives you a continual return on your investment.

For more information about ISO certification for the AS9120 standard, please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300, or email

Related standards

  • See ISO 9001 for quality management systems
  • See AS9100 for aerospace manufacturers
  • See ISO 14001 for environmental management systems
  • See ISO 45001 for health and safety management systems

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