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ISO/TS 16949

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.