ISO/TS 16949:2002 Global Automotive Quality Management System
ISO/TS 16949:2002 has been written and adopted by the industry as the new international quality management system specification for automotive suppliers.
It specifies the quality system requirements for the design/development, production, installation and servicing of all automotive-related products. This specification focuses on
- customer specific requirements
- Impacts of processes on safety and the environment, in addition to quality
- Supplier Development - to help suppliers develop similar quality management systems and processes
- Multidisciplinary approach - requires more than just the quality department to be involved in quality management
- Control Plan - a documented description of all the processes and systems needed to control production of a product
A committee of vehicle manufacturers known as the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) was formed to develop a new quality management system specification. The IATF consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers, BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat Auto, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault SA and Volkswagen, plus national trade associations, AIAG (America), VDA (Germany), SMMT (UK), ANFIA (Italy) and FIEV (France)
Vehicle manufacturers are either making ISO/TS 16949:2002 a mandatory requirement or encouraging their suppliers to upgrade to the new technical specification.
This specification supersedes existing US, German, French and Italian automotive quality system standards, including QS-9000, VDA6.1, EAQF and ASQ.
AS ISO/TS 16949 KNOW MORE
What has been changed in the 2002 2nd edition of ISO/TS 16949?
The revised version of ISO/TS 16949 has been aligned with ISO 9001 and was developed and released under the sanction of ISO/TC 176, the ISO technical committee responsible for developing the ISO 9000 series of standards and guidance documents. ISO/TS 16949:2002 is organized along the same eight-element structure as ISO 9001, with a clear emphasis on customer requirements.
We already have an ISO 9001:2008 certificate so what else do we have to do?
There are about 130 additional requirements in TS 16949. Many of the additions clarify rather than impose additional requirements. A progressive organization could easily interpret ISO 9001:2008 and do all the things required in ISO/TS 16949.