AS9100 Quality Standards for the Aerospace Industry


Whether you are seeking AS9100 certification for the first time or need to transition from AS9100C to AS9100D, Compassrose is here to assist you in the process. The benefits off implementing and managing your QMS in accordance with the AS9100D standard are:


  • Producing and continually improving safe and reliable products
  • Meeting or exceeding customer and regulatory requirements to ensure satisfaction
  • Ensuring processes necessary to conducting day-to-day business are defined and managed
  • Documentation that accurately reflects the work being performed and actions taken
  • Focusing on the complete supply chain and stakeholders
  • Fewer customer unique documents
  • Recognition by Regulatory Authorities
  • Greater business opportunities, greater customer satisfaction, and business growth


Compassrose helps companies in the aerospace industry, for both technical versatility, as well as having exceptional strength and weight advantages. So for any business which supplies this valuable and rapidly expanding sector, achieving AS 9100, the specific quality standard for the aerospace industry, is now an essential step, demonstrating throughout the supply chain that safety, reliability, and confidence are top of the priority list.


The AS9100 group of standards is aligned with ISO 9001 (quality management), and has been tailored specifically for the aerospace industry, with enhanced focus on safety, reliability and regulatory compliance.

Developed by aerospace engineers in the USA and Europe, working closely with the International Standards Organisation (ISO), AS9100 simplifies and standardizes the previous diversity of quality documentation. Now all aerospace manufacturers and suppliers worldwide require compliance to AS9100 as a condition of doing business.


Quality and reliability are essential for the aerospace industry, where errors, shortcuts, or lack of attention to detail can be fatal. A quality management system (QMS) helps to reduce risks, ensures consistency, and provides a reliable framework for the whole supply chain. Communication is essential, and this standard list seven areas for consideration, from clarifying engineering requirements to managing test specimens, and right of access to suppliers’ facilities.

Working on the same principle as the ISO standards, AS9100 follows the successful Plan-Do-Check-Act model. Existing systems are incorporated. Benefits include more consistent verification methods, and fewer audits.


AS 9100 can help your company in a number of ways. As the standard is built on existing systems and industry best practice, it naturally supports international regulatory requirements, providing guidance for managing variation of “key characteristics”. The documents generated can be used to validate test results, as well as enabling consistency in verification methodology. As with all ISO standards, AS 9100 includes a planning structure, with interim control points, and has continuous improvement built-in.


Integration with other standards: while AS9100 can be implemented on its own, it has been based on ISO 9001. It enjoys international recognition and is an auditable standard which can be awarded third party certification. When a business already has ISO9001 in place, achieving AS9100 becomes much simpler. With an estimated million ISO 9001 certificates now issued in 170 countries, the ISO 9001 standards have been written to enable the company to relate them to other management systems relevant to your company.

AS9100 Compliance


AS9100:2016 – Aviation, Space and Defense for Manufacturers

                    Quality Management Systems





The most recent version of the AS9100 standard was released in September 2016. It is based on the changes included in the ISO 9001:2015 standard. The latest version is sometimes referred to as AS9100D and is designed specifically for Aviation, Space and Defence Manufacturers. There are 105 additional requirements such as configuration management, risk management, project management, critical items, special requirements and supplier scope of approval. Seventy-five (75%) percent of the AS9100D standard is made up of ISO 9001:2015 requirements.

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