AS 9100 is the standard developed for managing and implementing quality systems in aerospace industry. The standard identifies the requirements for Quality Assurance in Design, Development, Production, Installation and Servicing in aerospace industry.


Specifically, 83 requirements were added in the 9100:1999 version of AS 9100 over the current version of ISO 9000. The standard was originally developed by U.S. aerospace prime contracts under the nomenclature of AS 9000 and was intended to streamline quality standards in the industry.7 Now the standard has become an international standard throughout the aerospace industry.

AS 9100 is needed because it standardizes aerospace quality on an international level. It achieves improvements in quality and reduce costs throughout the value stream. ISO 9000 does not contain regulatory requirements or importance of safety, reliability, or maintainability. AS 9100 establishes quality agreements at an international level.9

AS 9100 is currently maintained, published, and controlled by the International Aerospace and Quality Group (IAQG). IAQG is here to “achieve significant performance improvements in Quality, Delivery, and consequently Cost, on all products and services throughout the value stream,” according to their mission statement.8 IAQG publishes the 9100 standard in three sectors: SAE AS9100 (Americas), AECMA-STAN EN9100 (European), and JIS Q9100 (Japan)9.


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Meeting AS 9100 Requirements

AS 9100 has a checklist available, AS 9101, to aid in meeting all the provisions and requirements that are listed in AS 9100.

A helpful pictorial for meeting international requirements for certification, as shown by Gordon (2002):


The other detail AS 9100 standards are given as follows.


Number Title Americas
(English, French & German)
Other Languages Published

Quality Management Systems - Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations

AS9100C JISQ9100 prEN9100 9100 National Languages
9101 Quality Management Systems Audit Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Organizations AS9101E SJAC9101 prEN9101  
9102 Aerospace First Article Inspection Requirement AS9102B SJAC9102 prEN9102  
9103 Variation Management of Key Characteristics AS9103 SJAC9103 prEN9103  
9104 Requirements for Aerospace Quality Management System Certification/Registrations Programs AS9104A SJAC9104A prEN9104  
9104/2 Requirements for Oversight of Aerospace Quality Management System Registration/certification Programs AS9104/2 SJAC9104/2 prEN9104/2  
9104/3 Requirements for Aerospace Auditor Competency and Training Courses AS9104/3 SJAC9104/3 prEN9104/3  
9107 Direct Delivery Authorization Guidance for Aerospace Companies ARP9107   prEN9107  
9110 Quality Maintenance Systems – Aerospace – Requirements for Maintenance Organizations AS9110 SJAC9110 prEN9110  
9111 Quality Management System Assessment for Maintenance Organizations (Based on ISO 9001:2000) AS9111   prEN9111  
9114 Direct Ship Guidance for Aerospace Companies ARP9114   prEN9114  
9115 Quality Management Systems - Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations - Deliverable Software AS9115 SJAC9115 prEN9115  
9116 Notification of Change (NOC) Requirements AS9116 SJAC9116 prEN9116  
9120 Quality Management Systems – Aerospace – Requirements for Stockist Distributors AS9120 SJAC9120 prEN9120  
9121 Aerospace Series Quality Systems Quality System Assessment Applicable to Stockist Distributors AS9121   prEN9121  
9131 Quality Systems – Non-Conformance Documentations AS9131 SJAC9131 prEN9131  
9132 Data Matrix Quality Requirements for Parts Marking AS9132A SJAC9132 prEN9132  
9133 Qualification Procedure for Aerospace Standard Parts AS9133   prEN9133  
9134 Supply Chain Risk Management Guidelines ARP9134   prEN9134  
9137 Guidance for the Application of AQAP 2110 within a 9100 Quality Management System ARP9137 SJAC9137 prEN9137  
9162 Aerospace Operator Self-Verification Programs ARP9162 SJAC9162 prEN9162  


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