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Volume 6 · Issue 11 · November 2001


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Key Challenges of the QS-9000 to TS 16949:2002 Transition

Chad Kymal and David Watkins write that the biggest challenge for QS-9000-registered companies making the transition to TS 16949:2002 will be the customer focus and process focus in the second edition of the TS. They have developed a list of 15 clauses and subclauses of ISO 9001:2000/TS 16949:2002 that they consider the most significant changes facing organizations transitioning from QS-9000 to TS 16949:2002. In the first of a series of articles on these changes, Kymal and Watkins explore 3 of the 15 clauses–4.1, QMS General Requirements, 7.3, Design and Development, and 7.4, Purchasing–pointing out the differences for a QS-9000-registered organization and providing guidance on how to make the changes.