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?
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?
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
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.
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.
it do this?..top
There are four stages in this programme.
Vehicle manufacturers will require their tier 1
suppliers demonstrate compliance with the requirements of TS 16949.
Suppliers may need to change the way they manage
their automotive operations to meet the requirements of TS 16949
The supplier's QMS will need to be assessed by an
IATF accredited registrar and found compliant with all applicable requirements
The supplier will need to maintain certification
for as long as it chooses to supply automotive parts to IATF members.
What is the
The IATF is the International Automotive Task
Force, an ad hoc body
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
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
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.
have TS 16949:2002, so how does it affect us?..top
There are some relaxations such as the
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
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
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
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