AS9110 (sometimes referred to as AS 9110) is the maintenance element of the AS aerospace quality management systems standards series.
First published by the US-based Society for Automotive Engineers in 2003, AS9110 is regarded as being crucial for proving that an organisation is operating to the highest possible maintenance standards.
It includes specific requirements that are vital for the maintenance of commercial, private and military aircraft.
The AS9110 standard specifies that an organisation must demonstrate and maintain the following quality management systems:
- Delivering products that are always consistent and meet all relevant regulatory criteria, as well as those of the customer
- Improving satisfaction of customers by monitoring, and continuously updating and upgrading, all of the environments where maintenance and repair take place.
In the aerospace sector, AS9110 certification is vital as equipment is high-precision, costly and, in some cases, expected to endure for several decades. The standard includes the necessities laid down in ISO 9001 Quality+ but has been adapted to include the specifics related to maintenance requirements that are unique to aerospace.
Benefits of achieving AS9110 certification
It’s fair to say that there are a range of benefits for organisations attaining this certification. You will enjoy:
- A reduction in the risk of faults caused by the maintenance process
- Improved performance against competitors, by proving you use cutting-edge maintenance techniques
- Reduced need for follow-up second- and third-party audits
- Access to best practice gathered from across the aerospace industry, and elevated quality management to match global standards in your sector
- Potential expansion of your market to a global audience because you are following standards recognised the world over
- Happier, returning, customers leading to better results and a consequent boost to your bottom line.
AS9110 should be treated as complementary to existing regulations, not as a replacement for them. A pre-assessment is optional to determine existing quality systems and what may need to be done to attain the standard.