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ISO/TS 16949

ISO/TS 16949:2009

PERRY JOHNSON REGISTRARS is now an official certification body recognized by the IATF for ISO/TS 16949:2009

In response to the need for a uniform quality management standard for automotive suppliers across the world, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) produced ISO/TS 16949:2002 in 1999. The standard embraces ISO 9000 – the international benchmark for quality. In 2002, it was revised to align with ISO 9001:2000. Certification to this technical specification provides global recognition for suppliers sourcing across the automotive industry.

The ISO/TS 16949:2009 standard, which contains all of ISO 9001:2008, along with automotive sector-specific requirements from the American QS-9000, German VDA 6.1, French EAQF and Italian AVSQ quality standards, places major emphasis on customer satisfaction and promises to lay the foundation for an exceptional line of products. The standard affects companies that manufacture or supply components and other products to the American, German, French, Italian, British, Japanese and other automotive industries.

While implementing a quality management system is time-consuming and at times difficult, firms that become registered will be considered to have higher standards and better quality products. Streamlining of separate national requirements into one common standard has ended varying demands – and in turn, eliminated the wastefulness associated with multiple quality standards.

Under the guidelines, auto suppliers who meet the applicability for ISO/TS 16949:2009 must conform to the 23 ISO 9001:2008 elements along with a number of sector-specific requirements that address the collective needs of automotive manufacturers. These manufacturers also require their suppliers to meet customer-specific requirements that address individual product needs.

The effects of ISO/TS 16949:2009’s quality management system requirements are already being felt by thousands of auto suppliers around the world, although the transition from the older national automotive quality standards is still in progress. None of these standards were revised to align with ISO 9001:2008. As a result, ISO/TS 16949:2009 will replace all of them.

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