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Arlington, Va. (August 31, 2023) – The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) today released a revised industry standard, NAS412, for the prevention of Foreign Object Damage (FOD) to aerospace products and operating environments. The revision is a result of a cross-industry collaborative review by Foreign Object Damage Prevention Program subject matter experts from AIA member companies.  

“As the project leader, it was gratifying to see Foreign Object Damage Prevention Leaders coming together for one common goal – to develop a document that can be used in real time to create, implement and sustain a proactive Foreign Object Damage Prevention Program,” said Matt Strickland, NAS412 Committee Chair and Foreign Object Debris / Electrostatic Discharge Lead at Boeing.  

New content in this revision includes: 

  • A new section on risk assessment that includes tables on methodologies and recommended performance. 
  • A new section to provide guidance on performing non-standard work risk assessment. 
  • Clarification in the introduction, purpose, and scope as to the intended use of this document and order of precedence of foreign objects, foreign object debris, and foreign object damage. 
  • Enhancements to definitions for accountability, inventory, item, risk assessment, tool/item control, and traceability.  

AIA has been developing and publishing standards for the global aerospace market since 1941. For more information on AIA’s standards program, please visit  

NAS412 is available for purchase here


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