What is AS9120 Work Transfer?



Work Transfer Definition:

The movement of the work (products and associated activities) from one manufacturing site to another.

Work transfer impacts several areas of AS9120B (Click to view flow chart at left) and it is important to consider and mitigate risk when changing an aspect of a manufactured component.


Examples of Work Transfer:

  • Customer (organization) to supplier (Make to Buy)
  • Supplier to customer (organization) (Buy to Make)
  • Change from Supplier A to Supplier B
  • Change of site at Supplier A

The above types are equally applicable to sub tier suppliers.

  • Capacity
  • Procurement strategy (e.g. Need for second source to secure the supply chain)
  • Cost Reduction
  • Performance improvements
  • New Technology

AS9015A – 2007 – Supplier Self Verification Process – Delegation Programs

  • This SAE Aerospace Standard (AS) further defines the requirements for a delegation process identified in the Aerospace Quality Management System.
  • Establishes minimum requirements for the delegation of product verification to an organization’s suppliers; outlining requirements for the initial delegation (qualification/selection), maintenance, and removal/withdrawal of delegations.

ISO provides Guidance on Outsourced Processes which you may find helpful.


More information on Work Transfer:

Download the IAQG Work Transfer Management Process Guide for more information.

The IAQG Supply Chain Management Handbook (SCMH) provides more information on this, including some forms for each step of the process as outlined here:



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