ISO/TS 16949

Quality Management Systems for the Automotive Industry to Meet the Requirements of ISO/TS 16949 Certification

ISO-16949-CERTIFIED-QMS-200x268We design and implement Quality Management Systems to meet the requirements of ISO 16949 Certification.

This standard is an ISO technical specification applicable to the quality system requirements for the design/development/production, installation and servicing of automotive related products. It was written by the international Automotive Task Force (IATF) an international group of vehicle manufacturers supported by BMW, Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Peugeot-Citroen amongst others.

  • It is written in the format of ISO9001:2008;
  • It applies to sites only where automotive parts are in production;
  • The process approach is reflected with 5 auditable clauses: quality management system, management responsibility, resource management, product realization, measurement analysis and improvement;
  • It covers production of materials, parts for assembly, heat treatment, and painting;
  • There are customer specific requirements that are required by individual manufacturers;
  • Organizations wishing to attain certification must be suppliers to subscribers to the IATF;
  • Any manufacturing tier can qualify;
  • Potential suppliers will need to provide a request for quotation or proof of entry to a bid list;
  • Where a company produces non automotive as well as automotive products, a separate certificate for the non automotive products would be required (probably ISO 9001:2000);
  • QS 9000 expired on 15th. December 2006 and was replaced by ISO/TS 16949:2002;
  •  Certificates to ISO/TS 16949:1999 became obsolete on 15th December 2003;
  • Only Certification bodies recognized by IATF can issue certificates;
  •  It is expected that 80% of vehicle sales worldwide will be covered by this standard in 2007;
  • Internal auditors will need to demonstrate that they have the education, training and experience needed to conduct the audit. No IATF approval is required;
  • Registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002 is available for semi-conductor manufacturers;
  • ISO/TS 16949:2002 is not available for tooling and equipment (TE) supply organizations;
  • ABCI consultancy can assist in the preparation of appropriate documentation to provide compliance to the ISO/TS 16949:2002

Global Auto Manufacturers Quality System Requirements

The following may be taken as a guide on the position of Auto Manufacturers on ISO/TS16949:

  • DaimlerChrysler: Require registration of suppliers to ISO/TS 16949:2002 by the 1st July 2004 ;
  • GM / Ford: Require registration to either ISO/TS 16949:1999 or ISO/TS 16949:2002 accepted as optional to QS-9000 up to 15th December 2006. After December 15th 2006 mandatory registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002;
  •  PSA Peugeot Citroen: Require registration to ISO/TS 16949:1999 or ISO/TS 16949:2002. Accepted as optional to EAQF up to 15th December 2003. After December 15th 2003 registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002 required by 1st July 2004, except for suppliers currently registered to ISO/TS 16949:1999, who must upgrade to ISO/TS 16949:2002 by 15th December 2004;
  •  Renault: Require registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002. Accepted as optional to EAQF up to 15th December 2003. After 15th December 2003 registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002 mandatory;
  • Volkswagen: Require registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002. Accepted as optional to VDA 6.1 up to 15th December 2003. After 15th December 2003 registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002 or VDA 6.1 mandatory;
  • BMW : Require compliance only to ISO/TS 16949:2002;
  • Fiat : Require registration now to ISO/TS 16949:1999 or ISO/TS 16949:2002. After 15th December 2003 registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002 mandatory;
  • Nissan : Require compliance only to ISO/TS 16949:1999 or ISO/TS 16949:2002. Will accept existing other national standard for ANPQP new products. After 15th December 2003 require compliance only to ISO/TS 16949:2002;
  • Toyota: no current QMS requirements, but will reduce 2nd Party audits for automotive QMS registered suppliers. Policy not yet decided;
  • Other Japanese manufacturers: Acknowledge TS, but don’t require it as a supplier approval mechanism. They may reduce second party audits if the supplier is ISO/TS 16949:2002 certified.