TS 16949 Automotive Industry Standard Certification

The automotive industry Quality Management System (QMS) consists of ISO/TS 16949 Standard and the related customer-specific requirements (CSR).

  • The 3rd edition is the latest version and it was published on the 15th of June 2009. It has been technically updated to align with ISO 9001:2015 Standard. The previous revision was based on ISO 9001:2000.
  • Customer-Specific Requirements (CSR) is the additional requirements imposed by the OEM. These requirements will form part of the audit criteria during the certification & internal audits.

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:

  • Promote continue improvement
  • Emphasis defect prevention, and
  • Continual waste and variation reduction.


Six Steps To Greater Quality In Automotive Supply Chains

Our auditors support you during the certification process. ISO / TS 16949 certification is done in six steps.

1. Preliminary Audit (optional)

The auditors conduct a preliminary audit to determine whether any requirements associated with this standard have already been implemented in your company and, if so, which ones.

2. Documentation Review

The auditing team determines the extent to which the documentation for your quality management system already meets the ISO/TS 16949 requirements.

3. Certification Audit

You demonstrate the practical application of your quality management system, and our auditors test how effective it is.

4. Issue of Certificate

Once all criteria have been met, your company is awarded the certificate, demonstrating the integrity of your management system and its compliance with ISO/TS 16949.

5. Surveillance Audits

Our annual surveillance audits help you to continuously optimize your processes.

6. Certification Renewal

The revision audit is carried out after three years and helps you implement continuous improvement processes. This demonstrates to partners and customers your long-term commitment to quality.

Additional Information

On-Site Certification

ISO / TS 16949 is based on ISO 9001, and has been perfectly designed for your industry’s requirements. It outlines specifications for product development, manufacturing, and (wherever applicable) product assembly and maintenance. Certification always applies to one production site.

Focus On The Customer

Besides focusing on the key requirements of a quality management system (continuous improvement), ISO / TS 16949 also focuses on customer satisfaction. Customer requirements are implemented to the letter, providing a firm basis for trust in your customer relations.

Most Important Changes To The 3rd Issue of Certification Specifications

The new ISO / TS 16949:2009 includes new aspects of ISO 9001:2015 relevant to certification. It also includes changes to the 3rd issue of ISO / TS 16949. The 3rd technical specification (also known as TS3) is based on ISO 9001:2015 and does not include any new technical requirements.

Moving steadily toward an integrated management strategy

Combine your quality management system with industry-specific standards or certifications in the areas of environmental protection and occupational health and safety. This establishes an integrated management strategy and creates ideal conditions for future business development.

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