The new EN 9100: 2016 standard will be published the next April – What are the objectives and developments of this revision?

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The new EN 9100: 2016 standard will be published the next April – What are the objectives and developments of this revision?


Currently in the procedure known as the “ballot”, the next set of EN 9000 standards that is to say 9100, 9101, 9110, 9120, 9115, will be officially published by next spring.

The new version of the EN 9100: 2016 is not only linked to the need to integrate the requirements of the ISO 9001, itself revised and published last September; the new version takes also into account clarification needs from the previous version and new needs identified in 2013 thanks to an online survey of stakeholders in the aeronautic, spatial and defense sectors.

Why does the EN 9100 need to be changed and in particular for which benefits?

- The new version is less prescriptive and especially focused on the procurement of a compliant product or service;
- Easier to use by organisations of services and based on the knowledge;
- It promotes a bigger leadership and a commitment of top management;
- A planning more organised to set and achieve the objectives;
- It offers the opportunity of a higher flexibility in term of documentation with the concept of documented information;
- It deals with organisational risks and opportunities in a structured manner;
- Finally, it allows a management system more integrated by being able to embrace others elements such as the environment, health, working security, activity continuation…

Beyond the integration of several evolutions from the 2015 version of ISO 9001, le next EN 9100 introduces new demands which are specific to the aeronautic sector and useful clarifications.

What is changing or revising:

-  Product security:
New clause about the products security (8.1.3) including requirements to assure this security throughout life cycle.
Strengthening for more consistency of other clauses on the products security: 7.3, 8.1, 8.4.3 and 8.5.4.
-  Human factors:
Adding to the 10.2 clause Non-Compliance and Corrective Action to assure that the real root cause is identified and that the non-compliance will not appear again.
-  Risks:
Addition of the current requirements of EN 9100 series on the risks management linked to operations, with the new demands of ISO 9001: 2015 on the risks approach / opportunities.
-  Counterfeit items:
New clause (8.1.4) including requirements for the prevention of counterfeit items.
Revision of some affected clauses: 3 (definition), 8.4 (external provisions) and 8.7 (non-compliance).
-  Configuration management:
Clarified clause and considerably improved to take into account the needs of stakeholders, to specify their requirements in much more simple terms.
-  Awareness:
Strengthened requirements of an awareness to the people contribution to compliance, product security and importance of an ethical behaviour.

Transition time toward the new version EN 9100: 2016

This question is still in discussion within the IAQG (International Aerospace Quality Group) where some would like to converge the expiration dates of ISO 9001: 2008 and EN 9100: 2009 on the same date, that on September 2018 and where other actors of the IAQG, including Europeans, plead for a transition time of three years after publication of the new EN 9100 version being on April 2019.

Watch this space…

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