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Risk-based Approach and AS9100

Compliance to AS9100 is required by companies that design, develop, and/or produce aviation, space and defense products as well as by organizations that provide post-delivery support, including maintenance, spare parts, or materials for their own products.

While the types of risk may vary, each can be broken down into three components: root cause, probability, and consequence.

AS9100 requires organizations to establish and maintain a process to manage risk. The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) defines an effective risk management program as one that helps organizations:

  • Identify risks
  • Reduce occurrences and impacts of risks
  • Understand significance / severity of risks
  • Promote organizational behaviors focused on risk management
  • Increase effectiveness of product delivery to customers
  • Create a process for who, what, when, where, how and how much
  • Maintain information on historic issues
  • Capitalize on historic issues to prevent future issues (apply lessons learned)
  • Bring out hidden risk knowledge so it can be managed

ISO 9001:2015 will require a risk-based approach to all processes across the entire organization. It is important to understand the changes proposed to ISO 9001 as they may be incorporated in next year's AS9100 revision.

Join us as we discuss elements of risk as well as best practices and techniques that can help you effectively and economically establish an AS9100-compliant business system which efficiently manages organization risk.


Ed Gagnon is BSI's Technical Manager for Aviation, Space, and Defense. Ed brings years of experience as an executive in charge of maintaining quality and airworthiness in the ASD sector. He was tasked with audit oversight, training, and acted as the management representative for AS9110 for a number of large aerospace organizations.

At BSI Group America Inc., Ed is the IAQG and AAQG Liaison and is charged with oversight of guidance documentation and certificate decisions for all accredited ASD-related standards.