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IAQG CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) 2016 Spring Meeting was held April 25-30 in Singapore.  The week-long event provided opportunity for the various committees, comprised of aerospace leaders from across the world to meet face-to-face and progress their work.  Among these are standards writing, certification updates, training and other leadership discussions to progress the work of the IAQG.   

The highlight of the IAQG Spring Meeting was the 2016 General Assembly held on April 28.  Bill Schmiege, President of the IAQG, opened the meeting highlighting that the initial aerospace-tailored quality system standard (named the Aerospace Basic Quality System Standard) that was agreed to twenty years ago.  This standard marks the initial phase of leading aerospace companies working towards establishing common aerospace quality system standards to simplify and create consistency throughout their supply chain.  From those humble beginnings the IAQG has developed into a mature international standards certification system. Continue reading.
SINGAPORE SUPPLIER FORUM PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR BENCHMARKS AND LEARNING

Supplier Forums provide an overview of the key priorities and initiatives taking place within the IAQG. It is the supplier’s direct link to: 
  • Understanding current and future activities;
  • Learning the latest initiatives;
  • Reducing cost through standardization of quality policies and practices;
  • Networking; and
  • Providing feedback.
The 2016 Supplier Forum was held on April 29 in Singapore and was attended by 130 supplier representatives. The Forum kicked off with an opening address by the IAQG President, Bill Schmiege.  Bill highlighted that for all customers and suppliers the goal is to be laser focused on areas where issues repeatedly arise and how suppliers can manage this in their own processes and products.  Bill pointed out that the Forum is their opportunity to benchmark and interact with other suppliers, customers and subject matter experts on the various standards and their deployment.
 
The opening was followed by breakout sessions with presentations on Aerospace Standards Updates; Achieving Assurance; Risk Management; Special Processes and Purchasing Challenges. The speakers of the breakout sessions included executives from sponsor companies such as Atos Information Technology (Singapore), DNV GL Business Assurance Singapore, and Singapore Test Services.
9100 TRANSITIONS PLAN TO 2016 REVISIONS

With the forthcoming revision of the 9100:2016 series of standards, the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) has agreed to align with the ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) transition date which requires conversion not later than September 15, 2018 and conforms to the International Accreditation Forum's (IAF) Resolution 2013-15.

The 9100:2016 series of standards will be published concurrently across Americas, Asia-Pacific, and European sectors.  The timing of this concurrent release will result in the 9100:2016 being published in October 2016; 9101 and 9110 in November 2016; and 9120 in December 2016.  Efforts are being made to shorten and further align the publication dates concurrently as information is confirmed. The IAQG Other Party Management Team (OPMT) will release the Supplemental Rule SR-003 that outlines the transition plan to all stakeholders upon publication of the revised 9100:2016 standard.

Additionally, IAQG encourages all certified organizations to review the ISO 9001:2015 standard and the 9100:2016 key changes presentation on the IAQG website to begin their transition gap analysis activities.
9100:2016 SERIES AUDITOR TRAINING

The upcoming revisions to the 9100/9110/9120/9101 standards have created a significant amount of discussion on how these changes will impact the various stakeholders to the Industry Controlled Other Party (ICOP) certification scheme.
 
One of the key components of a successful transition is having auditor resources that are competent to the requirements of the new standards and able to apply their understanding to adequately audit for conformance and effectiveness of the quality management system. The Other Party Management Team (OPMT) has been working to develop a training process that will ensure the auditor’s competence on the new standards.  Elements of the training reinforce the costs and time required of the auditors to satisfy these new training requirements.
 
The OPMT and Plexus International, under the leadership of the IAQG, have been working to develop a meaningful training platform to support the aggressive transition timeline.  Each partner in the training development process is working to ensure that existing auditors are knowledgeable in the revised 9100/9110/9120/9101 standards and able to support the transition requirements defined in Supplemental Rule 003. We look forward to a successful transition and details regarding this can be found by clicking here for more details about the 2016 Series Auditor Training.
ONLINE AEROSPACE SUPPLIER INFORMATION SYSTEM (OASIS) DATABASE TO LAUNCH NEXT GENERATION

The OASIS database is the authority database used by IAQG stakeholders to obtain the latest Industry Controlled Other Party (ICOP) quality management system certification status. Information related to ICOP certifications, aerospace auditor authentication, guidance and audit results is stored within the database. Only general information such as Accreditation Bodies, Certification Bodies, Certified Supplier Sites, Approved Auditors is publicly accessible. Specific audit results data is available when authorized by the certified organization. The database also includes a robust Stakeholder Feedback process to Industry Leaders, Certification Bodies and Document Representatives.
 
In 2015, the IAQG made a decision to fund a major upgrade to the database and move from a records repository system into a Next Generation database that would provide all existing functionality and enhanced capability to plan ICOP audits, generate audit reports, manage corrective action, report Certification Body oversight and provide data to the IAQG as it relates to scheme performance and improvement. This development effort represents a significant investment that will allow us to take advantage of technology and sustain this scheme well into the future.

OASIS Next Gen is currently scheduled for initial release in December of 2016. Prior to release, communication and user training will be made available. The project objectives and schedule can be viewed on the IAQG website.
 
The IAQG Other Party Management Team (OPMT) remains committed to the continual improvement of the ICOP Aviation, Space & Defense Quality Management System certification scheme.
STANDARDS WRITING TEAMS RECOGNIZED

At the recent IAQG Spring Meeting held in Singapore, awards were presented to commemorate the invaluable contributions of the working groups and individuals by recognizing their involvement in develoing industry standards.  A number of standards have recently been written/updated and are in the publication process. The updates would not be possible without the industry volunteers represented below and the IAQG would like to thank the individuals and their sponsoring companies for their contributions.



 
SPACE: ENGAGING THE FUTURE

The IAQG Space Forum took place on April 26, 2016 in Singapore. This group gathers to identify key areas for development within the space industry to enhance value for all stakeholders. This includes the development of harmonized industry standards for products developed using digital models and additive manufacturing technology, which are increasingly beneficial to the space industry.
 
During the Space Forum various industry leaders presented on the following topics:
  • Industry Initiatives for Additive Manufacturing by Jeanne Kerr – Lockheed Martin (LM)
  • 22nd Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum Report by Low Eng Siang – Defence Science Organisation (DSO)
  • EN 9100 Certification Structures Adequacy for “Distributed Organization” by Alfio Mantineo – European Space Agency (ESA)
  • JAXA Safety & Mission Assurance Activities Overview by Tatsushi Izumi – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
As a result of these presentations, discussions were held to increase awareness of safety and mission assurance activities, as well as a potential certification structure. The Space Forum is seeking participation in this initiative and all are welcome to participate and join future meetings.  Please direct requests for information on Space Forum activities to newsletter@iaqg.org at the attention of the Space Forum Team.
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