FAI does not represent a new activity for suppliers who already have AS9100/EN9100 compliant quality systems. The requirement for Production Process Verification, often referred to FAI, already exists in AS9100/EN9100. Section 18.104.22.168 of AS9100/EN9100 states:
"22.214.171.124 Production Process Verification The organization shall use a representative item from the first production run of a new part or assembly to verify that the production processes, production documentation and tooling are capable of producing parts and assemblies that meet requirements. This process shall be repeated when changes occur that invalidate the original results (e.g., engineering changes, manufacturing process changes, tooling changes).
NOTE: This activity is often referred to as first article inspection."
Additionally, AS9102 clarifies this AS9100/EN9100 requirement and standardizes its implementation across the industry.