ISO/TS 16949 the Clear Choice for Automotive Suppliers


Lupo, Christian   (2002, ASQ)   NSF-ISR, Ann Arbor, MI

Quality Progress    Vol. 35    No. 10
QICID: 18444    October 2002    pp. 44-49
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Article Abstract

Automotive suppliers may find it necessary to register their quality systems to different specifications and requirements in order to gain access to world markets or to solidify their positions in regional markets. Several major U.S. car manufacturers have announced that after the end of 2006, QS-9000 will not be accepted, and suppliers will have to transition to ISO/TS 16949:2002 (TS). Not all companies currently certified for ISO/TS 16949 are eligible for TS certification. Companies wanting to register to TS must have a customer that requires it, and must supply parts or finishing services to that customer. Despite many similarities, QS-9000 and TS are administered differently and can be accepted in different markets. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has adopted ISO/TS 16949. While TS does not replace any of the regional automotive specifications, it is an acceptable registration for automotive suppliers with global sales. TS raises the bar for automotive suppliers, requiring more documentation of a mature system that has been successful and is supported by top management. Sidebar articles define major and minor nonconformances, answer seven frequently asked questions, and list websites for additional information.


Certification,Automobile industry,ISO 9000,Quality management system registration,Quality system,Suppliers, ISO TS 16949

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