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AS9100 Rev D – Context of the Organization from sadambliui's blog

AS9100 Rev D asks organizations to determine the context of their organization in the planning stage of the PDCA cycle. Based on this context then the scope of the system is defined, and further risks identified that may affect both the customer and stakeholders.

AS9100 Rev D when first introduced in 2016 had companies struggling to interpret and apply this Clause 4.1 – Understanding the Context of the Organization. Further auditors too had a difficult time assessing conformity for the standard does not require the context to be documented. How then do you audit an undocumented process/system?

Industry gurus have recommended a variety of methods to demonstrate conformity to this clause e.g. use of SWOT and PESTLE Analysis. However, if all an organization seeks is to demonstrate conformity to the clause rather than apply it for its true intent, as a part of the standard being a preventive tool, then the system is doomed for failure.

AS9100 Rev D context of the organization (COTO) is nothing new. In fact, it is business 101. Let us use a current example to highlight what COTO is. With the 737 Max production being put on hold a number of Boeing suppliers are feeling the pressure of maintaining a cash flow to stay in business. Small businesses that have not diversified perhaps more so. Irrespective of the quality of the product the supply chain risks are going to impact the business.

Added to the impact of the 737 Max production being put on hold is the scare of the coronavirus and impact it will have on the aviation industry. Many fear a slowdown. During this period of slow business companies have to let go of experienced personnel. In an industry where there is a shortage of experienced personnel it will be hard to get these people back.

Industries that trade with China have also been impacted by the trade wars between US and China and the general signs of an economic slowdown in China. AS9100 Rev D is meant to be used as a preventive tool in that the leadership is looking ahead at the potential risks to business and then take appropriate actions to plan for these risks.

QMII’s instructors during the AS9100 Rev D Lead Auditor Training bring about an understanding of the clauses of AS9100 Rev D using such current examples. The course materials are also set up to enable auditors to audit undocumented systems and to assess the risks to the audit objective in doing so. Students completing the course walk away ready to interpret the requirements as it applies to their organization and to implement them for sustained continual improvement. For more info For more info AS9100 Rev D

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