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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What Happens if I Am Not Ready for Audit This Year

Che Masters

Question:

What happens if I am not ready for my audit this year?

Answer:

While the IAQG transition plan requires that all audits starting July 1, 2011 be to the 2009 version of the AQMS standards (e.g. AS9100, Rev. C), organizations that are not ready for their transition audit but are due for audits at or after this date may opt to have their audits to the previous version (e.g. AS9100 Rev B) conducted earlier, thus fulfilling their obligation to have a surveillance audit in the 2011 calendar year. This would effectively delay the need for a transition audit to the first half of 2012. Also, provided that the organization is not due for their first surveillance audit after the initial registration audit (i.e., stage 2) prior to the end of the calendar year, the organization may opt to delay their transition audit until the end of the calendar year in order to finish implementing changes required by the new standard by the end of the year. Please contact your registrar for more information. 

Che Masters is a Certification Engineer at NSF-ISR International.

AS9100 quality management system audits for Aviation, Space and Defense organizations must meet revision C guidelines after July 1, 2011. Che Masters of NSF-ISR International answers questions related to the change. Masters is lead staff auditor and Technical Liaison for ISO 9001 at NSF, where he is formally trained in all of the following standards: AS9100, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, HACCP, ISO/IEC 13485, OHSAS 18001, ISO/TS 16949.

Masters is an IRCA-certified ISO 19001 lead auditor and has taught lead auditor classes. He has been actively involved in NSF-ISR’s acquisition of accreditation to ISO 22000, ISO/IEC 20000-1, OHSAS 18001 (currently in applied status), ISO/IEC 17021, TS Rules 3rd Edition and the 2009 version of the AQMS standards, and has been integrally involved in developing NSF-ISR’s policies for transitioning customers to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949:2009, and the AQMS 2009 standards.


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