What is AS9100?
This is the newest version of the aerospace industry standard. AS9100 incorporates all the elements of ISO 9001, plus additional elements unique to the aerospace industry. One of the important features of AS9100 is the resurrection of some critical elements of MIL-Q, the military specifications that were shelved when ISO 9000 first came on the scene.
The standard was developed by a committee of procurement, purchasing and quality executives from the major U.S. aerospace manufacturers as a way to reduce defects in the supplier chain; continually improve quality; boost customer satisfaction; and considerably reduce the number of hours spent on audits, requirements and documentation. Instead of having to comply with many differing quality requirements and standards for each customer, aerospace industry suppliers and subcontractors now had for the first time a single aerospace standard that would be accepted across the board.
What is ISO 9000?
Most of the international standards begin with the letters "ISO", the acronym for the "International Organization for Standardization." This worldwide federation of 110 national standards bodies works to promote the growth of manufacturing, trade and communication among business operations worldwide, through the development of generic quality standards.
The most widely recognized standard is ISO 9000, a basic quality management system that can be used in industries of any size, anywhere in the world. Registration to ISO 9001 (or other quality/management standard) provides objective proof that a business has implemented an effective quality management system, and that it satisfies all of the requirements of the applicable standard. An external, impartial expert called a registrar conducts an on-site audit to determine whether or not a company is in conformance to the standard. If they are found to be in conformance, they will be issued a certificate showing their address, scope of operations and the seals of the accreditation bodies that give the registrar its legitimacy.