Nadcap Accreditation Aerospace and Defense

Nadcap is the leading worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost-effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace and automotive industries.

Nadcap is an industry-managed approach to conformity assessment that brings together technical experts from both Industry and Government to establish requirements for accreditation, accredit Suppliers and define operational program requirements.

This results in a standardized approach to quality assurance and a reduction in redundant auditing throughout the aerospace industry because Prime contractors, Suppliers and Government representatives have joined forces to develop a program that:

  • Establishes stringent industry consensus standards that satisfy the requirements of all participants
  • Replaces routine auditing of suppliers with one approved through a consensus decision-making process of members from the user community
  • Conducts more in-depth, technically superior special process audits
  • Improves supplier quality throughout industry through stringent requirements
  • Reduces costs through improved standardization
  • Utilizes technically expert auditors to assure process familiarity
  • Provides more frequent audits for Primes, fewer audits for Suppliers


AQC (Aerospace Quality Systems)

254 NACLA copyThe Aerospace Quality Systems Task Group recognizes the industry developed Aerospace Quality Systems standard AS/EN/JISQ9100 and AS/EN9110. In, addition, Nadcap recognizes ISO 17025 for testing laboratories, including nondestructive testing laboratories. The ISO 17025 scope of accreditation must cover the Nadcap scope of accreditation and be from an approved NACLA / ILAC accreditation body.

iaqg logoSuppliers who have an AS/EN/JISQ 9100 or AS/EN9110 Registration / Certification from an IAQG approved Registration / Certification body, as listed on the IAQG Oasis website, or an ISO 17025 accreditation approved by NACLA / ILAC do not require an additional quality systems audit through Nadcap. (See NOP-002)

At the time of the audit, when a supplier does not hold a current approved quality system in accordance with NOP-002, an assessment to the Nadcap AC7004 is required.

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