ISO/TS 16949 specifies the requirements of ISO 9001 for automotive production. Born from the need for a globally harmonised quality management system requirements document, ISO/TS 16949 was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the ISO technical committee. This technical specification combines all previous and published national automotive quality standards such as QS-9000, VDA 6.1, EAQF 94 and AVSQ.
Obtaining the ISO/TS 16949 certification demonstrates that your company has met the quality management system requirements to create a process of continuous improvement with an emphasis on defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. The technical specification is implemented for all branches of manufacturers and suppliers of products or production materials, services such as heat treatment or galvanising, and other products specified by automotive customers such as the constituent parts of vehicles.
Certification to this technical specification is recognised by leading automotive manufacturers and OEMs. Most leading manufacturers will only work with companies that hold ISO/TS 16949 certification, as they insist that suppliers adhere to the strict technical specifications laid out in the standard.