AS 9120 Aerospace Certification

To ensure safety, quality and reliability in the aviation, space and defence industries, distributors must commit to effective quality management systems.

AS 9120 is intended for pass-through distributors of aerospace items and components to address chain of custody, traceability, control and availability of records. The latest version, AS9120 Rev B (2016), meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, supplementing additional industry-specific requirements

Today’s environment is filled with intense scrutiny but being competitive means never standing still.

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Improve Your Business

AS 9120 helps distributors provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Gain a Competitive Advantage

Compliance with AS 9100 can identify opportunities to enhance customer satisfaction.

Trust your Supply Chain

AS 9120-compliant distributors can be trusted to deliver high-quality products and services that are safe and reliable.

Meet Compliance Requirements

Many aviation industry companies require suppliers to demonstrate conformity to specified QMS requirements.

What Is It?

The aerospace industry is global and highly diverse. Organizations must maintain visibility and control over products, services and supply chains at all levels of maturity.

The AS 9120 Aviation, Space and Defence Distributors Quality Standard enables distributors to establish globally recognized quality management systems. It provides an effective framework to assist with establishing practices and procedures to ensure safe and reliable operations.
AS 9120 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization needs to provide products and services, or enhance customer satisfaction, in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
Context of the Organization
The organization must understand the external and internal factors that may affect its ability to achieve the desired results.
Leadership is critical to a quality management system’s success, requiring visible commitment, clear communication and a strong customer focus.
Planning must address quality objectives; risks and opportunities; and change management.
The organization must ensure it has sufficient resources, competence, awareness, communication and documented information to successfully implement a quality management system.
Operational planning and control includes determining requirements and processes, managing risk and ensuring safety.
Performance Evaluation
The organization must determine what is to be monitored, how and when it will be measured and how the results will be analysed.

AS 9120 requires a commitment to continuous improvement, managing nonconformities, enhancing customer satisfatction and taking corrective action when required.

Next Steps

We can help your organization to implement or optimize AS 9120.

  • Purchase the AS 9120 Standard
  • Undertake training to build expertise.
  • Contact SAI Global to discuss requirements, timeframes and costs
  • Perform and option pre-assessment
  • Perform a gap analysis
  • Undertake a Stage 1 audit
  • Complete a detailed Stage 2 audit
  • Upon successful certification, display the ‘Five Ticks’ StandardsMark™
  • Conduct annual Surveillance Audits
  • Recertify to AS 9120 every three years
  • Establish and continuous improvement culture
  • Market for brand and promotional benefits
  • Optimize commercial teams
  • Ensure stakeholder awareness

The True Cost of Quality

According to a recent SAI Global survey, almost 25% of organizations do not have a system or method to track the actual costs of their operations.
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