The ISO / TS 16949 is an ISO Technical Specification that aligns standards of quality automotive existing systems - Brazilian, American, German, French and Italian - within the global automotive industry. It specifies the quality system requirements for the design / development, production, installation and servicing of automotive related products.
The global automotive industry requires world-class levels of product quality, productivity and competitiveness, as well as for continuous improvement. To achieve this goal many vehicle manufacturers insist that suppliers adopt the strict technical specifications laid down in a standard quality management system for automotive suppliers, known as ISO / TS 16949.
ISO/TS 16949 was jointly developed by the IATF members and submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for approval and publication, to encourage improvement in both the supply chain and in the certification process. In fact, for most major vehicle manufacturers, certification to this specification is a mandatory requirement for doing business.
This specification aligns and supersedes existing standards of the American automotive quality system, German, French and Italian, including QS-9000, VDA6.1, EAQF and ASQ. It specifies the quality system requirements for the design / development, production, installation and servicing of automotive related products. First published in March 1999 and revised in 2002, there are now more than 25,000 certificates issued in 80 countries and economies.
The ISO / TS 16949 is relevant to all types of automotive supply companies, from small manufacturers to large organizations with multiple sites (multi-site), multinationals located anywhere in the world. However, it applies only to sites where there are production or service parts. Organizations that wish to enter the automotive market must wait until entering an automotive customer list as a potential supplier, before they can proceed with the certification in this specification.