AQAP – NATO Quality Assurance Requirements

Quality management for Bundeswehr contracts is based on the NATO requirements for quality assurance, the Allied Quality Assurance Publications (AQAP). They are available here for download.

What is governed by AQAPs?

During contract negotiations, BAAINBw uses the requirements laid down in AQAPs as contract elements to be agreed.

Depending on the quality risk identified and the complexity of the contract item, different AQAPs are used which govern different subject matters. Find a brief overview below:

  • AQAP 2110 contains the requirements specified in ISO 9001, supplemented by additional NATO requirements.
  • AQAP 2131 defines the procedures applicable to final inspections and tests. 
  • AQAP 2105 usually forms part of a separate contract. It contains the requirements for a contract-related deliverable quality plan to be supplied by the contractor. 
  • AQAP 2210 supplements AQAPs 2110 and 2310 by software-specific quality assurance requirements. 
  • AQAP 2310 is specifically addressed to service providers (such as manufacturers, suppliers, and others) involved in particularly complex projects in the aviation, space and defense sectors. This standard contains the requirements specified in EN 9100, also supplemented by additional NATO requirements.

Current AQAPs

Quality management of Bundeswehr contracts is based on the following AQAPs currently in place:

NATO Policy On An Integrated Systems Approach To Quality Through The Life Cycle, Edition 3, November 2009 

AQAP 2000 (PDF, 174.2 KB)

NATO Guidance On The Use Of The AQAP 2000 Series, Edition 3. March 2010 

aqap 2009_e (PDF, 462.0 KB)

NATO Mutual Government Quality Assurance, Edition B, Version 4, October 2019

AQAP-2070E(B) (PDF, 1.4 MB)

NATO Requirements for Quality Plans, Edition C, Version 1, January 2019 

aqap 2105_e (PDF, 224.1 KB)

NATO Quality Assurance Requirements For Design, Development And Production, Edition D, Version 1, June 2016 

AQAP-2110 EDD V1 E (PDF, 184.7 KB)

AQAP 2110:2016 (Edition D, Version 1) is based on ISO 9001:2015 and supersedes AQAPs 2110:2009, 2120:2009 and 2130:2009 (each in its third version).

NATO Quality Assurance Requirements For Final Inspection and Test, Edition C, Version 1 December 2017 

AQAP-2131 EDC V1 E (PDF, 283.1 KB)

NATO Supplementary Software Quality Assurance Requirements To AQAP-2110 Or AQAP-2310, Edition A, Version 2, september 2015 

AQAP-2210(A) (PDF, 263.9 KB)

NATO Quality Assurance Requirements For Aviation, Space and Defence Supplieres, Edition B, Version 1, December 2017

AQAP-2310_e (PDF, 209.7 KB)

AQAPs for Finalization of Work on Current Contracts

The AQAPs mentioned below have lost their validity and only concern the finalization of work on current contracts. AQAPs 2110:2009, 2120:2009 and 2130:2009 were superseded by AQAP 2110:2016 (Edition D, Version 1) which is based on the new ISO 9001:2015.

NATO Quality Assurance Requirements For Design, Development And Production, Edition 3, November 2009 

aqap-2110(3)e (PDF, 327.8 KB)

NATO Quality Assurance For Production, Edition 3, November 2009 

aqap 2120_e (PDF, 116.1 KB)

NATO Quality Assurance for Inspection and Test, Edition 3, November 2009 

aqap 2130_e (PDF, 308.9 KB)

NATO Quality Assurance Requirements For Final Inspection, Edition 2. November 2006

aqap 2131-Ed2_e (PDF, 37.8 KB)

NATO Quality Management System Requirements For Aviation, Space and Defence Suppliers, Edition A, Version 1, April 2013

aqap-2310_e (PDF, 141.2 KB)

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