AS 9120

Aerospace requirements for distribution

The AS 9120 Standard is the requirements for a Quality Management System based on AS 9100 which adds 100+ additional requirements that are specific to distributors who carry aircraft components like, fasteners, electronics, gaskets, etc. It helps ensure that they handle the materials properly and track the part from OEM to customer.

AS 9120 was developed for pass-through distributors (i.e., businesses that accumulate and distribute parts and materials rather than add value or work on the products themselves) of aerospace items and addresses chain of custody, traceability, control and availability of records.

AS 9120 focuses on organizations that deal directly with OEMs and accumulate aerospace materials and products for resale. These distributors, while providing a useful service, can affect product performance if they fail to handle parts and materials correctly or lose a part's chain of custody from the OEM to the customer.

Companies that procure parts, materials and assemblies and sells these products to a customer in the aviation, space and defense industries. This includes organizations that procure products and split them into smaller quantities.

This standard is not intended for organizations that rework or repair products. Organizations that perform work that affect or could affect product characteristics or conformity should use AS 9100 or another general quality management system standard.

The standard would be applicable for organizations that resell, distribute, and warehouse parts found in aircraft and other aerospace components. Value-added distributors would NOT be included for the standard to due to customer-product changes. (Use AS 9100)

Benefits of AS 9120

  • Provides access to the best practices of the aerospace industry
  • Demonstrates your commitment to deliver quality products and services to your customers
  • Brings your quality management system to level with the global standard adopted by the aerospace industry
  • Improves your new market / new customer prospects on a worldwide basis
  • Reduces multiple expectations and number of 2nd and 3rd party audits
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