ISO/TS 16949 is an internationally accepted technical specification that defines the requirements to establish, implement and operating a quality management system in the automotive supply chain.
This standard was framed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) in 1999 to provide a single, globally accepted quality standard for automotive suppliers and to provide a solid methodology to implement customer-specific requirements.
The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers, plus national trade associations, wrote ISO/TS 16949 in conjunction with the International Organization for Standards (ISO). This specification aligns existing American (QS-9000), German (VDA6.1), French (EAQF) and Italian (AVSQ) automotive quality systems standards within the global automotive industry.
ISO/TS 16949 was created to provide a singular, globally accepted quality standard for suppliers to the automotive industry. It was written and adopted by the industry as the new international quality management system specification for automotive suppliers. The goal of ISO/TS 16949 was 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.
This Technical Specification, in conjunction with ISO 9001, defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products.
In short, ISO/TS 16949 is an ISO Technical Specification based on the principles of QMS standard ISO 9001. The aim of the standard is to encourage improvement and effectiveness in both the supply chain and the certification process. The harmonization of quality requirements intended to eliminate redundant audits, improve productivity, quality and delivery in the supply-chain.
Vehicle manufacturers are either making ISO/TS 16949 with customer specific requirements mandatory or encouraging their suppliers to upgrade to the new technical specification. This Technical Specification is applicable to sites of the organization where customer-specified parts for production and/or service are manufactured.
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- Certification provides foundation to do business within the automotive sector, meet customer satisfaction & to build world class business. In short a Licence to trade.
- The use of process approach improves product & process quality and ensures profitable growth by reducing waste and preventing defects
- The synergy between the standard and other business concepts, like lean manufacturing, achieves significant percent drop in defect rate, scrap and improvement in productivity
- Certification against one international standard instead of multiple i.e. QS9000, VDA-6 etc means Reduction in 2nd party audits & multiple 3rd party registrations freeing up time and supplier resources for other improvement opportunities Common language & quality system approach in the supply chain improves working efficiency with easy system implementation/maintenance.
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- SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION ROAD MAP
- STEP 1: Get an understanding of the standard and what it means in your company.
- STEP 2: Consider hiring a consultant
- STEP 3: Plan your project
- STEP 4: Gap Analysis
- STEP 5: Adopt Team Approach – Steering Team & Task Teams
- STEP 6: Train employees on standard
- STEP 7: Establish system & Prepare Documentation
- STEP 8: Use system for 6-Weeks to 3-months to collect records and to demonstrate improvements.
- STEP 9: Train internal auditors
- STEP10: Conduct Internal Audits
- STEP11: Qualify Pre-Assessment Audit
- STEP12: The Registration Audit