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Use the following collection of key resources to learn more about the Aerospace AS5553 standard and what is involved in adopting it.

For Manufacturers
Manufacturers of aerospace, military or other high reliability products can use these resources to clarify the benefits of adopting the AS5553 standard, see exactly what is included in the standard, and better understand the risks of sourcing electronic components when the AS5553 standard is not adhered to.

For Distributors
Distributors supplying aerospace, military or other high reliability products can use these resources to help ensure their procurement, inspection and testing processes meet or exceed the requirements of the AS5553 standard.  A careful review of these requirements may lead to process improvement opportunities as well.

What's involved in adopting the AS5553 standard?
View a presentation on the AS5553 standard
Mr. Phil Zulueta of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory chaired the SAE G-19 Committee responsible for developing the AS5553 standard.  In October, 2008, Mr. Zulueta presented a comprehensive overview of the standard.
View the presentation here.

Get a copy of the AS5553 standard
SAE International
SAE International Support the organization that developed and maintains the AS5553 standard, SAE InternationalBecome a member and get a discounted rate when you order your copy of the AS5553 standard.

Implementing the AS5553 Standard
Manufacturers serious about adopting the AS5553 standard should seek competent professional assistance in reviewing and modifying their internal procedures to conform to the AS5553 standard, and in developing their AS5553 documentation.  Putting your company logo on boilerplate documentation might  let you get certified; but it won't likely create the paradigm shift needed in your organization to perform effectively to the standard.

Electronic Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. does not endorse any particular company providing consulting services to assist in adopting the AS5553 standard.  The following list is provided as a starting point for your own assessment of available certifying partners, and is not intended to be comprehensive, or to indicate any preference over companies not listed here.  Some of these companies can also be engaged as your registrar.  (See below section, "Getting AS5553 Certified".)

  • BSI America - www.bsiamerica.com
  • QMI - SAI Global - www.qmi.com/registration/aerospace/as9120/

  • Getting AS5553 Certified
    International Standards Organization (ISO) - www.iso.org
    The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) certifies all registrars.  To find a registrar, you can do a search on their site by clicking the "Directory" link on their main page.  Another reference listing registrars can be found at www.qualitydigest.com/pdfs/isoreg.pdf.
    View any AS9120 certification

    Did you know you can quickly check any distributor's AS9120 Aerospace certification status?  Simply create a login to access the OASIS database of all Aerospace certifications.

    Important update:  As of October, 2008, the IAQG can display the detailed results for any company's most recent audit on OASIS; but the company must authorize IAQG to display it.  Require your distributors to make their audit details visible on the OASIS database.

    Useful tip:  Use the OASIS "Manage Watch List" function to automatically track any changes to your approved distributors' certifications.

    Quality Certificates - What's Important
    Ask your distributors for a copy of their most recent AS9120 certificate.  What you should check:

  • Initial registration date
  • Certificate expiration date
  • Date of last surveillance audit

  • For AS9120 companies, you are able to annually check the OASIS database yourself to see their audit results.

    Click here to view ESCS's AS9120 certificate as an example.