AS9100D Outline

This web page presents a plain English outline of the NEW AS9100D standard.
For a more detailed version, please see AS9100D Translated into Plain English.

                        Quality Management Standard for Aviation,
                        Defense, and Aerospace

4. Context

4.1 Understand your organization and its unique context.

4.2 Clarify the needs and expectations of interested parties.

4.3 Define the scope of your quality management system.

4.4 Develop a QMS and establish documented information.

4.4.1 Establish a QMS that complies with this standard.

4.4.2 Maintain QMS documents and retain QMS records.

5. Leadership

5.1 Provide leadership by focusing on quality and customers.

5.1.1 Provide leadership by encouraging a focus on quality.

5.1.2 Provide leadership by encouraging a focus on customers.

5.2 Provide leadership by establishing a suitable quality policy.

5.2.1 Provide leadership by formulating your quality policy.

5.2.2 Provide leadership by communicating your quality policy.

5.3 Provide leadership by defining roles and responsibilities.

6. Planning

6.1 Define actions to manage risks and address opportunities.

6.1.1 Consider risks and opportunities when you plan your QMS.

6.1.2 Plan how you’re going to manage risks and opportunities.

6.2 Set quality objectives and develop plans to achieve them.

6.2.1 Establish quality objectives for all relevant areas.

6.2.2 Develop plans to achieve objectives and evaluate results.

6.3 Plan changes to your quality management system.

7. Support

7.1 Support your QMS by providing the necessary resources.

7.1.1 Provide internal and external resources for your QMS.

7.1.2 Provide suitable people for your QMS and your processes.

7.1.3 Provide the infrastructure that your processes must have.

7.1.4 Provide the appropriate environment for your processes.

7.1.5 Provide monitoring, measuring, and traceability resources. Provide suitable monitoring and measuring resources. Provide suitable measurement traceability resources.

7.1.6 Provide knowledge to facilitate process operations.

7.2 Support your QMS by ensuring that people are competent.

7.3 Support your QMS by explaining how people can help.

7.4 Support your QMS by managing your communications.

7.5 Support your QMS by controlling documented information.

7.5.1 Include the documented information that your QMS needs.

7.5.2 Manage the creation and revision of documented information.

7.5.3 Control the management and use of documented information. Control your organization's QMS documents and records. Control how QMS documents and records are controlled.

8. Operations

8.1 Develop, implement, and control your operational processes.

8.1.1 Establish an operational risk management process.

8.1.2 Establish a configuration management process.

8.1.3 Establish product safety management processes.

8.1.4 Establish counterfeit part management processes.

8.2 Determine and document product and service requirements.

8.2.1 Communicate with customers and manage customer property.

8.2.2 Clarify product and service requirements and capabilities.

8.2.3 Review product and service requirements and record results. Verify requirements before you accept orders from customers. Document your review of product and service requirements.

8.2.4 Amend documents when product or service requirements change.

8.3 Establish a process to design and develop products and services.

8.3.1 Create an appropriate design and development process.

8.3.2 Plan product and service design and development activities.

8.3.3 Determine product and service design and development inputs.

8.3.4 Specify how design and development process is controlled. Control design and development verification and validation.

8.3.5 Clarify how design and development outputs are managed.

8.3.6 Review and control design and development changes.

8.4 Monitor and control external processes, products, and services.

8.4.1 Evaluate and select external providers of processes, products, and services. Establish control over the management of your external providers.

8.4.2 Establish external provider controls and carry out external verifications.

8.4.3 Discuss requirements with external process, product, and service providers.

8.5 Manage and control production and service provision activities.

8.5.1 Establish controls for production and service provision. Control your equipment, tools, and software programs. Validate and control your organization's special processes. Verify that production process outputs meet requirements.

8.5.2 Maintain and control the unique identity of your outputs.

8.5.3 Protect property owned by customers and external providers.

8.5.4 Preserve outputs during production and service provision.

8.5.5 Clarify and comply with all post-delivery requirements.

8.5.6 Control changes in production and service provision.

8.6 Implement arrangements to control product and service release.

8.7 Control nonconforming outputs and document actions taken.

8.7.1 Identify and control nonconforming outputs to prevent unintended use.

8.7.2 Document your nonconforming outputs and the actions that are taken.

9. Evaluation

9.1 Monitor, measure, analyze, and evaluate QMS performance.

9.1.1 Plan how you're going to monitor, measure, analyze, and evaluate.

9.1.2 Monitor customers' perceptions and improve customer satisfaction.

9.1.3 Evaluate satisfaction, effectiveness, performance, and conformance.

9.2 Use internal audits to examine conformance and performance.

9.2.1 Audit your quality management system at planned intervals.

9.2.2 Develop an internal audit program for your organization.

9.3 Carry out management reviews and document your results.

9.3.1 Review suitability, adequacy, effectiveness, and direction.

9.3.2 Plan and perform management reviews at planned intervals.

9.3.3 Generate management review outputs and document results.

10. Improvement

10.1 Determine improvement opportunities and make improvements.

10.2 Control nonconformities and take appropriate corrective action.

10.2.1 Develop and implement corrective action management processes.

10.2.2 Document your nonconformities and the actions that are taken.

10.3 Enhance the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of your QMS.


 If you'd like to see how we've translated each of the above sections into
Plain English, please check out our more detailed AS9100D webpage.


Introduction to AS9100D

Introduction to AS9100C

AS9100D versus AS9100C

Overview of AS9100D Standard

Overview of AS9100C Standard

AS9100D Terms and Definitions

Plain English Gap Analysis Tool

Process Approach in Plain English

ISO's Quality Management Principles

AS9100D Translated into Plain English

AS9100C Translated into Plain English

ISO's Internal Audit Expectations

Quality Management Checklist

How to Upgrade to AS9100D

Our Plain English Approach

Updated on April 15, 2021. First published on August 20, 2017.

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