NORTH WALES, PA — DEKRA Certification announced that it has become one of the first certification bodies to be qualified to the recently published AS 9101E: Quality Management Systems Audit Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Organizations standard.
AS 9101E is the newest guidance document on the requirements that certification bodies must comply with in their auditing of the AS 9100 standard for companies in the aviation, space and defense industries.
AS 9101E defines the requirements for the preparation and execution of the audit process. It also defines the content and composition for reporting of conformity and process effectiveness to the 9100-series standards, the organization’s quality management system documentation, and customer/regulatory requirements.
“With over 7,000 companies in the U.S. certified to AS 9100, this is a very important shift in audit methodology for any certification body,” said Chris Carson, director of business development for DEKRA Certification. “As DEKRA continues to grow its presence in the aerospace industry, we understand the need to be proactive in addressing our existing and future clients’ concerns in a constantly evolving area. Being able to provide a clear and concise understanding of our obligations for an audit and how we report conformity and process effectiveness is vital to our client relationships, and something we had to be at the forefront of.”
“AS 9101E is an enhanced audit approach for evaluating process-based management systems,” according to the International Aerospace Quality Group.
The updated standard, which incorporates previous changes along with input from industry stakeholders, includes deletion of Appendix A; additions to the Process Effectiveness Assessment Report; consolidation of forms; changes in certificate structure; changes in audit structure; and an increased focus on process effectiveness.