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The automotive quality management  system requirements

In our TS16949 consulting room we answer some basic questions and provide links to further resources:

What is TS16949?
What is its purpose?
How will it do this?

What is the IATF
What does it apply to?
We already have TS 16949:2002, so what do we need to do?
We already have an ISO 9001:2008 certificate so what else do we have to do?

We don't have any formal QMS so what should we do?

What is TS16949? ...top

ISO/TS 16949:2009 (to give it its full name) is the technical specification for automotive quality management systems that now mandatory for thousands of suppliers to major automobile manufacturers. It is having a huge impact on the automotive industry as it formalises, under a single global standard, the quality management system requirements that must be satisfied by those that trade in this multi-billion dollar industry.

What does TS stand for?

The TS in ISO/TS 16949 stands for technical specification. The standard has not yet been granted full ISO standard status.

What is its purpose?..top

The goal of ISO/TS 16949 is 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.

How will it do this?..top

There are four stages in this programme.

  1. Vehicle manufacturers will require their tier 1 suppliers demonstrate compliance with the requirements of TS 16949.

  2. Suppliers may need to change the way they manage their automotive operations to meet the requirements of TS 16949

  3. The supplier's QMS will need to be assessed by an IATF accredited registrar and found compliant with all applicable requirements

  4. The supplier will need to maintain certification for as long as it chooses to supply automotive parts to IATF members.

What is the IATF? ..top

The IATF is the International Automotive Task Force, an ad hoc body  including: BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford Motor Company, General Motors (including Opel Vauxhall), PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault SA, Volkswagen and their respective trade associations - AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.) and VDA (Germany).

What does it apply to?..top

The requirements apply to the design/development, production and, when relevant, installation and servicing of automotive-related products.

Remote locations such as design centres, corporate headquarters and distribution centres cannot obtain stand-alone certification to TS 16949.

While ISO 9001:2008 permitted exclusions from section 7, the only permitted exclusions from TS 16949 relate to clause 7.3 but process design and development cannot be excluded.

We already have TS 16949:2002, so how does it affect us?..top

There are some relaxations such as the requirement for:

  • A business plan has been deleted

  • 100% on time delivery from suppliers and to customer has been replaced with a requirement to monitor delivery schedule performance

  • Benchmarking has been reduced to a note

  • Goals to be defined has been removed

But the biggest change is the incorporation of all ISO 9001:2000 requirements, moving from procedures to processes. Your best solution would be to use either our manual Gap Analysis or downloadable Analysis tool then notify us of your top 10 issues  using our contact form.

We already have an ISO 9001:2008 certificate so what else do we have to do?..top

There are about 130 additional requirements in TS 16949. Many of the additions clarify rather than impose additional requirements. A progressive organization could easily interpret ISO 9001:2008 and do all the things required in ISO/TS 16949. One solution is to use our book ~ ISO/TS 16949l Gap Analysis, or download our Compliance Matrix or better still download our Analysis tool then notify us of your top 10 issues  using our contact form.

If you have yet to implement ISO/TS 16949:2009, please don't make the same mistakes as those who pursued ISO 9001:2000 - see Lessons from the Transition.

We don't have any formal QMS so what should we do?..top

It depends on how your organization is managed. Of 373 requirements in ISO/TS 16949:2009, 122 come from ISO 9001:2008 and these are the ones that will have the greatest impact. Your best solution is to consult some of our e-books such as:
Finding the right place to start

A guide to process management

How do I get help?

We provide a number of resources that can help you meet the requirements of TS 16949. Just follow the links below to find out more. If you have a more specific query please contact us now

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Useful links
AIAG web site
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