Quality management system certification in the Aeronautical sector: EN 9100

What is EN 9100: Aeronautical quality ?

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The EN 9100 standard is specific to the Aeronautics, Space and Defence (ASD) sector. The standards of the series EN 91X0 (EN9100 / EN9110 / EN9120) aim to establish a quality assurance system in the aeronautics, space and defence industries.

The EN 9110 standard applies to maintenance and repair activities while EN 9120 applies to the storage and sales of new or repaired equipment.

The EN 9100 standard includes the Quality Management System (QMS) requirements developed in ISO 9001:2015 and specifies additional requirements, definitions and rating reports directly related to the aeronautics, space and defence industries.
To enable all actors in the global ASD industry to verify the compliance of supplier services to the audited quality standards (EN 9100 in Europe, AS 9100 in America and JISQ 9100 in Asia), the IAQG (International Aerospace Quality Group) has set up OASIS (Online Aerospace Supplier Information System).

OASIS is a supplier and information database that lists all the organisations certified according to the standards of the series EN91X0.


The EN 9100:2018 standard

Officially, the current version of the AS 9100 standard in force is that of December 2016.
However, in France, EN 9100 bears the reference NF EN 9100:2018, due to the fact that its translation was only published in May 2018. The EN 9100 certificates of the French companies concerned are therefore drafted with the reference NF EN 9100:2018.


Why obtain EN 9100 certification?

EN:9100 certification is the international benchmark in the field of Aeronautics, Space & Defence.

It is essential for winning tenders in the sector since it allows you to be listed in the OASIS database, a guarantee of the reliability and quality of your services as a supplier. 

Being EN 9100 certified allows the quality of your services to be recognised by primary contractors in the ASD sector.
Does your primary contractor ask you for a commitment on the quality of the services you perform for them? Do you want to commit to a quality approach?


EN 9100 requirements and principles

EN 9100 certification allows specialised companies to plan, set up and implement a quality management system specific to this sector. It aims to improve quality in the aeronautics, space and defence sectors.

EN 9100 applies to all areas of the supply chain, addressing the activities of:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Manufacture of equipment, aeronautical accessories, spare parts,
  • Procurement
  • Airlines
  • Motorists
  • Manufacturers etc.

It is designed to adapt to all organisations, regardless of their size and takes account of their environment and the complexity of their operation.


Who should attend EN 9100: Aeronautical quality

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Companies working in the aeronautics, space and defence sector (General Management, Quality Manager)



The validity period of EN 9100 certification – Occupational Health and Safety Management System in Aeronautics, Space and Defence – is 3 years, subject to the carrying out of annual monitoring audits and their satisfactory results.

Renewal of the certification involves a renewal audit, which aims to confirm conformity to the requirements of the EN 9100 standard.

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How to obtain EN 9100 certification

The EN 9100 certification process is voluntary.
However, in order for you to submit your certification application under the best conditions, facilitate its acquisition, and better meet the requirements of the EN 9100 standard, we recommend that:

  • You have an operational quality management system.
  • Your operational management system has been in place for at least 1 year.
  • It has been audited internally at least once.
  • A management review has been carried out.

It is aimed at organisations of all types and sizes, regardless of the geographical, cultural and social conditions.

The benefits of EN 9100: Aeronautical quality

Bénéfices de cette certification

Here is a list of some of the benefits for a certified organisation:

  • Improving relations with primary contractors and meeting their challenges
  • Being listed in the "OASIS" supplier database
  • Contributing to the overall quality of the supply chain
  • Optimising your organisation
  • Securing production activities
  • Promoting your image
  • Demonstrating your quality commitment 

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Toolkits and useful links

OSAC website (only in french)

Your questions

Below you will find the most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us!

A special transfer audit is an independent audit, disconnected from the certification cycle, compulsorily carried out in EN 9100 for any organisation currently certified by a certification body that wishes to change for the continuation of its cycle and/or for a new cycle. If you are concerned, contact us in order to be put in contact with a specialist dedicated to EN 9100: 
Tel: / houda.janhaoui@osac.aero

You can then detail your expectations and requests. A technical and financial proposal will then be sent to you on the basis of the information you have provided.

Whatever the moment of your certification cycle, i.e. before your renewal audit or between 2 surveillance visits, ideally 6 months before the expiry date of your certificate or the date of your next surveillance audit in order to keep the precedence of your certificate, in order to be put in contact with a specialist dedicated to EN 9100: 
Tel: / houda.janhaoui@osac.aero

You will then be able to detail your expectations and requests and a technical and financial proposal will be sent to you based on the information you have provided.

Contact us to be put in touch with a specialist dedicated to EN 9100:

Tel: / houda.janhaoui@osac.aero

You can then detail your expectations and requests. A technical and financial proposal will then be sent to you on the basis of the information you have provided.