TS 16949 Certification

The introduction of TS 16949 has resulted in substantial improvements in all aspects of quality, delivery and overall efficiency throughout the supply chain. It has also reduced the requirement for multiple audits of manufacturers.

The ISO/TS16949 is an ISO technical specification aiming to 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 is based on the ISO 9001 and the first edition was published in March 2002 as ISO/TS 16949:2002.

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which members include nine major OEMs, is committed to ensuring that TS 16949 remains the automotive quality systems standard for the future.

ISO/TS 16949:2008 was developed by IATF (International Automotive Task Force) members and approved by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) for publication. It is an industry specific Quality Management System (QMS) catering for automotive industries with the following objectives:

Continual waste and variation reduction.

Emphasis defect prevention.

Promote continue improvement.

Benefits of TS 16949

Reduced cost of compliance with customer specifications - through implementation of a single management system and reduced audit necessities

Improved stakeholder relationships - including staff, clients and dealers.

Global recognition as a reputable supplier - certification is documented and accepted throughout the automotive supply chain as an industry benchmark.

Reduced operating costs - through continual development of procedures and resulting operational efficiencies.

Customer satisfaction - through delivery of products that consistently meet client necessities.

Ability to win more business - particularly where procurement specifications need certification as a condition to supply.

Proven business credentials - through independent confirmation against acknowledged standards.

Legal compliance - by understanding how statutory and regulatory necessities impact the organization and its clients.

Developed risk management - through better consistency and traceability of products and services.


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