NADCAP – Aerospace Special Process Accreditation

For “special processes” that cannot be readily inspected or tested, some aerospace manufacturing processes must be accredited to NADCAP, the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program. This accreditation requires specialized audits against specific NADCAP requirements for individual processes, not the company’s quality system; however, NADCAP process accreditation requires the company’s quality system itself to be certified to AS9100 (or equivalent) before NADCAP auditing can be conducted. Therefore, Oxebridge typically provides AS9100 implementation first (which can be done along a Rapid Implementation track), and then “adds on” NADCAP requirements for the affected processes (which, due to built-in NADCAP requirements, typically cannot be done in a rapid timescale.)

NADCAP process accreditation is a mandatory requirement for suppliers to Airbus, Honeywell, Rolls Royce, Boeing and others. Designed by an Oxebridge in-house chemical process engineer, our NADCAP accreditation preparation programs ensure your ability to successfully pass the rigorous NADCAP audits required for accreditation.

NADCAP accredits processes such as:

  • Coatings, finishes and treatments:
    • Anodize
    • Hardcoat
    • Chem Film
    • Paint / Powder Coat / Dry coat
    • Chromate
    • Nickel plating
    • Other platings
    • Passivation
    • Heat treating
  • Non Destructive Testing, such as:
    • Magnetic Particle
    • Dye Penetrant
  • Welding
  • Nonconventional machining methods, such as:
    • Wire EDM
    • ECG grinding
    • LBM laser cutting

NADCAP accreditation is solely administered by the Performance Review Institute (PRI). Their website provides in-depth information on the NADCAP audit and accreditation process.

NADCAP audits are process-specific and very detailed. They are far more stringent than quality system audits such as AS9100, so it is important to pass the first time. Oxebridge can help ready your company for its particular NADCAP audit to improve your company’s chances of passing on the first try. Because of the wide variety of NADCAP audits and eligible processes, the NADCAP implementation plan for each company must be uniquely developed.

While PRI is currently the sole “registrar” for NADCAP accreditations, many companies choose to use a separate registrar for the AS9100 portion of their system. Contrary to conventional thinking, this can, in many cases, result in a cost and time savings.

For a quotation on NADCAP implementation services, click here. To learn more about Oxebridge and NADCAP, give us a call today.