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AS9100 News New AS9104-1 Document to be released around April 2020

Sidney Vianna

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During the AAQG/RMC meeting which took place last week in Redondo Beach, California, a presentation was made concerning the upcoming revision to the AS9104-1 document. The changes are significant. Please click on the picture below to access the whole presentation:

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Very interesting to note that one of the proposed changes is a more demanding CB audit planning, with mandatory required information from the registrants about QMS performance data and changes since last audit. This is a GREAT initiative to "ensure" audits are performed taking into account the current/recent conditions of the organization's certified system. It goes against the "assembly-line", brainless approach to audits that is so pervasive in the certification sector.

I can easily foresee the registrants being VERY UNCOMFORTABLE sharing some sensitive information with CB auditors in advance of an audit, as part of the planning process, so the IAQG will have to really police this aspect of the ICOP scheme. Obviously, whatever becomes mandatory will also to be reflected in the AS9101 document. But kudos to the IAQG to make this change.

This should be a mandatory aspect of all third-party audits for all management system standards, not only the IAQG standards, but, somehow, I don't see the IAF having the courage to mandate an equivalent process. After all, mandating proper planning of an audit of an organization which is assessed once or twice a year would go against the trivialization approach the market seems to welcome, permeate and make it "prosper".
 
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