ISO TS 16949:2009

ISO TS 16949:2009


The ISO/TS16949 Certification is an ISO technical specification aimed at the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. It is based on the ISO 9001 standard and the first edition was published in June 1999 as ISO/TS 16949:1999. TS 16949 applies to the design/development, production and, when relevant, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. the document is a common automotive quality system requirement based on ISO 9001, and customer specific requirements from the automotive sector.

It was prepared by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the "Technical Committee" of ISO. It harmonizes the country-specific regulations of quality Management systems. about 30 percent of the more than 100 existing automobile manufacturers affiliate the requirements of the norm but especially the large Asian manufacturers have differentiated, own requirements for the quality management systems of their corporate group and their suppliers.

ISO/TS 16949:2009 is applicable to sites of the organization where customer-specified parts, for production and/or service, are manufactured. the requirements are intended to be applied throughout the supply chain. For the first time vehicle assembly plants will be encouraged to seek ISO/TS 16949 certification. supporting functions, whether on-site or remote (such as design centres, corporate headquarters and distribution centres), form part of the site audit as they support the site, but cannot obtain stand-alone certification to ISO/TS 16949:2009. ISO/TS 16949 emphasizes the development of a process oriented quality management system that provides for:

  • Continual improvement.
  • Defect prevention.
  • Reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.
  • The goal is to meet customer requirements efficiently and effectively.

Some of the benefits are include:-

  • Improved product and process quality.
  • Additional confidence for global sourcing.
  • Reassignment of supplier resources to quality improvement.
  • Common quality system approach in the supply chain for supplier/subcontractor development and consistency.
  • Reduction in multiple 3rd party registrations.