Quality System Definitions and Acronyms

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AAQG - Americas Aerospace Quality Group (see also IAQG)

ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

ACE - Aerospace Congress & Exhibition - biennial meeting, combines Aviation Safety, Aerofast, AMTC and WAC.

ADA - Air Defense Artillery

AEA - Aerospace Experienced Auditor

AEAT - Aerospace Revitalization II meeting

AECMA - Association Europeenne des Constructeurs de Materiel Aerospatial (European Aerospace Manufacturers Association).

AEI - SAE's Automotive Engineering International magazine.

AEROFAST - Aerospace Automated Fastening Conference & Exhibition

AGMA - American Gear Manufacturers Association

AHS - American Helicopter Society

AIA - Aerospace Industry Association

AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

AIMMPE - American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers

AIRP - Air plating meeting

AIEA - Aerospace Industry Experienced Auditor

AISI - American Iron and Steel Institute

AMA - American Management Association

ANAB - ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board

ANA - Aerospace North American, located in British Columbia, Canada.

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

ANS - American National Standard.

APF - Airline Plating Forum

ARD - Aerospace Resource Document

ARP - Aerospace Recommended Practice, SAE aerospace standards document.

AS - Aerospace Standard, SAE aerospace standards publication.

ASA - Aerospace Strategies in Action

ASAWG - Aerospace Strategy and Actions Working Group

ASD - Aerospace Avionics Systems Division, a division in the aerospace standards committees

ASM Internationalal - The materials information society. (Previously called ASM - American Society of Metals.)

ASNT - American Society for Nondestructive Testing

ASQC - American Society of Quality Control (former name of the American Society for Quality - ASQ)

ASTM - American Society for Testing & Materials.

ATTC - Agricultural Tractor Technical Committee

AVIA - Business Aircraft Contribution CBSA meeting


CAESAR - Civilian American and European Surface Anthropometry Resource.

CARs - Corrective Action Responses

CARB - California Air Resources Board

CATARC - China Automotive Technology & Research Center

CEC - Coordinating European Council, publisher of fuels and lubricant test methods (located in England).

CEN - European Committee for Standardization

CENELEC - European Committee for Electrotechnical Standards

CSA - Canadian Standards Association

CTEA - Convergence Transportation and Electronics Association

CTEPO - Convergence Transportation Electronics Program Office.


DCAS - Defense Contract Administration Services.

DIN - German Standards Writing Organization.

DOC - Department of Commerce

DOD - Department of Defense

DODISS - Department of Defense Index of Standards and Specifications

DOT - Department of Transportation.


E & TD - Educational Technical Display Committee

EA's - Engineering Aids, tools for engineering design

EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association

EC - European Community, also know as the EEC or European Economic Community

EEC - European Economic Community

EFTA - European Free Trade Association

EIC - Earthmoving Industry Conference

EOTC - European Organization for Testing and Certification

EQM - Enterprise Quality Manager; Database System used by PRI Registrar for housing audit information.

ESC - Environmental Sustainability Conference & Exhibition

ETAB - Emerging Technologies Advisory Board


FAA - Federal Aviation Administration

FACTS - Fasteners, Actuators, Connectors, Tools, & Subsystems ?USAF program to provide better parts & processing

FSF - Flight Safety Foundation


GAMA - General Aviation Manufacturers Association

GATC - General Aviation Technology Conference & Exhibition


HFTC - Human Factors Technical Committee (Construction Agriculture Council)


IAAR - International Association of Accredited Registrars

IAEM - International Association of Exposition Managers

IAF - International Accreditation Forum

IAQG - International Aerospace Quality Group

IATA - International Air Transport Association

ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization

ICES - International Conference on Environmental Systems, SAE meeting that deals with space and spacecraft.

IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission

IEEE - Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

IRCA - International Register of Certified Auditors

ISO - International Organization for Standardization. SAE participates in the technical work of preparing International Standards.


J Report - Ground vehicle technical report or standard.

JSA - Japanese Standards Association


LRI - Lubricant Review Institute


Member Body - ISO term used to refer to member countries.

MIL SPEC - Military Specification

MIRA - Motor Industry Research Association (England).

MOD - Minister of Defense (United Kingdom)

MPPC - Materials, Processes & Parts Council, a Council that reports to the Technical Standards Board

MSDS - Sheets kept on file that describes chemicals and how to handle them.


Nadcap - A worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost effective consensus approach to special processes and products.

NADS - New American Domestics Companies with their main headquarters outside the United States, which now have manufacturing facilities located in the U.S. For example - Japanese: Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement

NAIPC - North American International Powertrain Conference

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NBAA - National Business Aircraft Association

NCRs - Nonconformances

NTSB - National Transportation Safety Board


OAG - Official airline guide

OASIS - Online Aerospace Supplier Information System

OLAP - SAE's Oil Labeling Assessment Program

OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Act. Federal legislation protecting employees by assuring safe working conditions issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


PAMA - Professional Aviation Maintenance Association

PRI - Performance Review Institute

PRIME - A major contractor (e.g. Boeing or GE) involved with an aerospace project.


QA - Quality Assurance. Procedures to make sure those products/services are of the highest quality.

QIC - Quality Improvement Committee, committee that reports to the Board of Directors.

QML - Qualified Manufacturers List

QPL - Qualified Parts List


RAeS - Royal Aeronautical Society (UK)

RABQSA - Registrar Accreditation Board Quality Society of Australia

RMC - Registration Management Committee


SAE - Society for Automotive Engineers

SECC - Sub-zero Engineering Conditions Conference

SPAB - Standards Advisory Publishing Board.

Standards - specifications for the mobility industry.


UKAS - United Kingdom Accreditation Service



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