ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series and the only standard in the series to which organizations can certify.

ISO 9001 was first published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an international agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries. The current version of ISO 9001 was released in September 2015.


EN9100:2018 — also called AS9100D or AS9100 — is the most recent standard for organizations that design, develop or provide aviation, space and defense products and services, including parts, components and assemblies. The standard was prepared by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) with the help of representatives from aviation, space and defense companies in the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe.

Like past versions of AS9100, EN9100:2018 standardizes quality management system requirements for companies involved with the aerospace industry and supply chain. The standard does so by building off general ISO 9001 standards for quality management systems, adding industry-specific guidelines for the safe development, production and distribution of quality aerospace parts and products.

We have combined both ISO9001 and AS9100 as one certification and our latest certificate can be viewed here.


ISO/IEC 27001 is the world’s best-known standard for information security management systems (ISMS) and their requirements. Additional best practice in data protection and cyber resilience are covered by more than a dozen standards in the ISO/IEC 27000 family. Together, they enable organizations of all sectors and sizes to manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee data and information entrusted by third parties.

Our ISO27001 certificate can be viewed here.

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essential Plus

Cyber-attacks come in many forms, but the vast majority are elementary in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They are the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it is unlocked.

AFD has invested in the UK Government backed Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus schemes.

Cyber Essentials Plus requires our IT systems to be externally tested, audited and accredited.

The accreditation is designed to prevent cyber-attacks and the entire AFD team receives regular and up-to-date training in cyber security awareness and actions that need to be taken to mitigate the risks.

Our Cyber Essentials certificates can be viewed here.

Always Improving

At Airframe Designs, we operate an integrated management system, incorporating all the necessary elements of the above standards to ensure we provide consistent, high quality output to our valued customers. Our recent certification to ISO27001, alongside Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus gives peace of mind to our stake holders that their data is secure, through robust information security controls.

In order to meet with both customer and industry expectations, we operate a continuous improvement policy across all areas of the business, and this is embedded within our company ethos, with employees encouraged and given the opportunity to put forward ideas to improve our business processes. Continuous improvement is a significant part of all three of the standards mentioned above, and integral to ensure we continue to maintain the very highest standards.