The ISO/TS 16949 standard is a worldwide automotive standard developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) – a group of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, BMW, PSA Citroen, Volkswagen, Renault and Fiat) and their respective trade associations. The ISO/TS 16949 standard brings together the various aspects of ISO 9001:2000, AVSQ (Italian), EAQF (French), VDA6 (German) and QS-9000 (U.S.) into one standard. ISO/TS 16949:2002 can be applied to company sites worldwide, wherever automobiles or their parts and components are manufactured.
The benefits of ISO/TS 16949:2002
The international recognition of the ISO/TS 16949:2002 standard increases the credibility of your organisation when bidding for global sourcing contracts or expanding your business locally. Gaining certification also helps you to reduce production variations and improve your manufacturing efficiency which can positively impact your bottom line. Furthermore, ISO/TS 16949:2002 helps create a common quality system approach to the entire supply chain (for suppliers/subcontractors) and facilitates access to the industry's best practices.