Last updated: March 2007
1. What is ISO/TS 16949:2002 ?
ISO/TS 16949:2002 is an ISO Technical Specification which aligns existing US, German, French and Italian automotive quality system standards within the global automotive industry. ISO/TS 16949:2002 specifies the quality system requirements for the design/ development, production, installation and servicing of automotive-related products.
2. Who are the authors of ISO/TS 16949:2002 ?
ISO/TS 16949 was written by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). The IATF consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers, 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).
3. What is the format of ISO/TS 16949:2002 ?
Automotive Sector requirements, defining international automotive quality system requirements are contained in ISO/TS 16949, which is written around the format of ISO 9001:2000, in the case of ISO/TS 16949:2002.
Customer specific requirements are required by individual subscribing vehicle manufacturers and are provided separately.
4. What are the Eligibility requirements for ISO/TS 16949:2002 ?
This means that:
5. Which vehicle manufactures will accept ISO/TS 16949 ?
Ford, GM, DaimlerChrysler, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Fiat, BMW, Daimler Benz and Volkswagen all support ISO/TS 16949. DaimlerChrysler. Japanese and Korean manufacturers may also recognise ISO/TS 16949:2002 as a valid supplier approval mechanism in future.
Formal communications by Big 3 regarding their particular requirements have been made. Read ourVehicle Manufacturer Requirements section for more information.
Customer Specific Requirements: For subscribing members, these are to be made available via the IAOB website (Big 3 specifics are already referenced on this site) atwww.iaob.org Note that some customer specifics may be incorporated into Purchasing agreements
6. Can BSI perform assessments to ISO/TS 16949?
Yes. BSI has been appointed as a Recognized Certification Body by IATF. Only recognized certification bodies can issue certificates, which satisfies the supporting vehicle manufacturers.
7. Will BSI be accredited by UKAS or ANAB for ISO/TS 16949 ?
ISO/TS 16949 will not be accredited by UKAS or ANAB. Witness Audits of office activities and field assessments will be performed by IATF, to verify a certification body's competence and compliance with requirements. The UKAS symbol will not be displayed on ISO/TS 16949 certificates; instead the IATF logo will be displayed.
8. What are the benefits of Certification to ISO/TS 16949 with BSI?
Organizations can be certified against one international automotive management system standard instead of having to meet requirements from multiple standards. This may mean:
ISO/TS 16949 certification with BSI is accepted and recognized globally. BSI is one of the leading Certification bodies in the world for automotive management system certification. Recognition of the international standard and the integrity of the BSI Certification can provide additional confidence in Global sourcing enabling greater business opportunities.
ISO 9001:2000, upon which ISO/TS 16949 is based encourages the use of a process approach. Understanding the interrelationship of processes within the organization through the use and application of the standard could enable improved product and process quality.