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Volume 6 · Issue 5 · May 2001


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The Impact of ISO 9001:2000 on QS-9000 and ISO/TS 16949

Chad Kymal and Dave Watkins write that, while a major shift from ISO 9001/2/3:1994 to ISO 9001:2000 is taking place slowly in many industries, suppliers to the automotive sector have by and large not begun planning for the transition. The reason is that automotive suppliers are confused about what is happening with QS-9000 and ISO/TS 16949:1999 in response to the changes to their base document, ISO 9001. Kymal and Watkins discuss the IATF’s revisions to TS 16949 to align with ISO 9001:2000 and their expectations that, by the end of 2001, most of the Big Three will announce deadlines for their supply bases to make the transition to TS 16949. To help QS-9000-registered companies prepare for the coming transition, Kymal and Watkins explore the impact of ISO 9001:2000, in terms of both its structure and the process approach model, and examine approaches to QMS implementation in the transition to TS 16949:2002, with a detailed examination of the Process Review methodology.