July 2015 Breakfast Meeting Focused on Upcoming AS9100 Changes
Alan Daniels, the IAQG 9100 Series Team Leader who is responsible for ensuring that AS9100 changes are deployed in a well-planned and organized way, spoke to a sold-out room full of aerospace quality managers during PNAA's AS9100 breakfast meeting in Bellevue.
Daniels said the pending changes were necessary to adapt to a changing world and to enhance an organization's ability to satisfy its customers. Since the ISO 9001 standards last changed in 2008, the proposed changes take into consideration new technologies, more complex supply chains, the need for sustainable development initiatives and more demanding customers.
Daniels indicated that there were nine main differences:
- Adoption of the high level structure as set out in Annex SL of ISO Directives Part 1
- A requirement for 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
Final changes will be published in April 2016.