A focus on Supply Chain Management

Leading aerospace companies increasingly require their suppliers to become certified to AS9100 and/or AS9120. This trend to concentrate on only “a few strategic suppliers”, places a heavy emphasis on supply chain management – a development that resulted in significantly increased demand. With an increase to more than 400 certified sites worldwide, DQS Inc. ranks among the most significant certification bodies for the aerospace industry. The offices of DQS Inc. in the USA and DQS GmbH in Germany hold strong market positions.


AS9100 / AS9120

Aerospace industry suppliers that compete in an environment of high-risk products, either goods or services, benefit from the AS9100 and 9120 standards. For the manufacturer (AS9100) or distributors (AS9120), these standards strategically enhance their quality management system.
What can be achieved?

  • Continual improvement
  • Increased error prevention
  • Strengthening of reliability and process capability in an organization’s value chain
  • A high degree of customer satisfaction
  • Employee satisfaction

AS91xx series of standards offer a framework for comprehensive quality management systems based on ISO 9001:2008.

In the course of neutral and independent assessments, the industry-authenticated DQS Inc. auditors focus on the identification of potential for improvement. This approach supplies significant momentum for improving productivity beyond the simple confirmation of conformance.

Benefits of certification include:

  • Visible sign of the fulfillment of OEM requirements
  • The organization is listed as a certified supplier in the OASIS database
  • Cost savings Integration of requirements from the normative and legally regulated areas
  • A transparent and logical structuring, release, and alteration of requirements, specifications, and products – by way of configuration management

Recent Developments

AS91XX:2016 – The AS&D Industries are developing the 2016 release of the AS standards (AS9100, AS9110, AS9120, and AS9101). The AS91XX 2016 revisions are based on ISO 9001:2015. The format would be changing to 10 sections instead of the current 8 sections. The industries are reviewing the requirements that are being removed from ISO carefully as they may be reintroduced into the 2016 revision of the AS standards. They are also reviewing all existing AS&D requirements as well as all inputs into the revision for consideration.