AS9100 is a universally accepted and standardized system for managing quality in the aerospace sector. Introduced in October 1999 by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries, it superseded the previous AS9000 standard.
AS9100 fully integrates the current version of ISO 9001, while also introducing additional requirements related to quality and safety. Compliance or registration to AS9100 is a prerequisite for business transactions with major aerospace manufacturers and suppliers globally.
Before the creation of AS9100 quality management standards, the U.S. military used two specifications, MIL-Q-9858A Quality Program Requirements and MIL-I-45208A Military Specification: Inspection System Requirements, for supplier quality and inspection programs. These specifications were the foundation of the aerospace industry for many years. However, with the U.S. government's adoption of ISO 9001, these two quality standards were withdrawn. Consequently, large aerospace companies started requiring their suppliers to establish quality programs based on ISO 9001.