ISO/TSI 16949:2002:
The Quality Standard for the Automotive Industry

picture of car assembly line

This new Quality Standard for the Automotive Industry, formally supersedes QA-9000:1994, which expires on 14 December 2006.

The introduction of an Automotive Industry Specific Quality Management System Standard, reflected the aspiration of the major car manufacturers to move away from undertaking their own Supply Chain QS Inspections in favour of recognising Approved Suppliers achieving International Third Party Certification.

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) whose membership includes Global Car Manufacturers, base ISO/TS 16949 on the enhanced ISO 9001:2002 Quality Management Standard (explained within 2K's web site). The TS 16949 text therefore comprises ISO 9001:2000 requirements plus automotive additions.

At the core of the New Standard application is a process-based approach reflecting Planning, Resource allocation, Process realisation criteria and Measurement Analysis identifying potential Continual Improvement Opportunities.

First & Second Tier Automotive Industry Suppliers migrating from ISO 9001:2000 systemisation to the ISO/TS 16949:2002 Standard will recognise the `Plan-Do-Check-Act` cycle reflected in the model. Additionally, this approach presents opportunities for Integration of other International Standards pertinent to individual organisations.

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