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AS9100 Control of suppliers

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AS9100 Control of suppliers

We currently have ISO 9001:2015 certification. We achieved this certification without conducting on-site audits of our suppliers. Instead we presented the case of "the proof is in the pudding. So long as we get good parts from our suppliers, who cares how they did it?" This satisfied our requirements and more importantly, our customer's requirements, because parts were verified / validated before shipment to the customer.
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Mark Hammar May 17, 2018

Can the same approach be taken in AS 9100? If we get good parts from Jimbo's CAD-Plating Service does it matter if I went to his shop and filled out a form that says he successfully executed our instructions that were flowed down through our purchase order?

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As with ISO 9001:2015 the requirements in AS9100 Rev D for control of providers for products, processes and services require that you identify the controls required for the providers. This will be dependent on what is supplied, history, experience, etc. On-site auditing of a supplier is only one method of control that can be put in place for a supplier, as are such things as incoming inspection, testing of incoming parts to verify the data, etc.
So, as you have identified you can use the same thinking for suppliers that you have identified that no on-site auditing is required as a method of control for these suppliers. It is all about how you have identified the controls to be in place (i.e. if your process says you will do on-site audits then you need to do them). The one additional thought from AS9100 Rev D is the need to assess any additional controls that need to be in place to prevent counterfeit parts as applicable to your products and services. An audit may be something that you identify for a supplier to ensure that their systems are adequate to make sure you get what you want, but this is up to you.
For a bit more information see this explanation of AS9100 Rev D: https://info.advisera.com/9100academy/free-download/clause-by-clause-explanation-of-as9100-rev-d
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