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TÜV SÜD America Approved to Provide Certification to AS9100:2009C and AS9120:2009A Standards

PEABODY, MA- TÜV SÜD America Inc. has been granted accreditation to offer certifications to AS9100:2009 Rev. C and AS9120:2009 Rev. A. The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has granted authorization for certification to these standards on November 30, 2010.

The revised standards were issued in 2009, and requirements for the transition to the new versions were published by the International Aerospace Quality Group. Companies certified to AS9100B:2008 or AS9120:2002 must upgrade to the AS9100:2009 and AS9120:2009 versions to maintain aerospace certification. This applies to any audits done on or after July 1, 2011.

Benefits of certification to AS9100:2009 and AS9120:2009 include:

  • Qualification to be considered as an aerospace supplier;

  • Reduced costs as a result of improved product reliability;

  • Improved process control and flow;

  • Better documentation of processes;

  • Greater employee quality awareness to foster continual improvement; and

  • Reductions in product scrap, reworks, and rejections.

    The company expects its team of auditors to have completed internal training to the new standards by June 2011. All audits conducted after July 1, 2011 must be to the new standards.

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