What is TS16949
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.
It was prepared by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the "Technical Committee" of ISO. It harmonizes the country-specific regulations of Quality-Management-Systems.
About 30 percent of the more than 100 existing automobile manufacturers affiliate the requirements of the norm but especially the large Asian manufacturers have differentiated, own requirements for the quality management systems of their corporate group and their suppliers.
With ISO 9001:2000 as the basic quality management system, organizations achieving certification to ISO/TS 16949 receive dual benefits. First, they benefit from the process approach, with emphasis on continuous improvement and communication. This means that the organization knows, understands, and practices a philosophy that is committed to quality in all actions, never settles for “good enough” and understands the dynamics and interactions that exist between the various processes that make up the quality management system. Secondly, the added requirements of ISO/TS 16949, although prescriptive in nature, are based on proven techniques that further enhance an organization’s ability to achieve high quality levels in the challenging automotive sector.ISO/TS 16949 certification offers the following benefits:
- Improved product and process quality and reliability.
- Improved on-time delivery.
- Greater emphasis on supplier quality improvement efforts.
- Single quality system registration to meet multiple customer quality requirements
- Incorporates the best lessons learned from the global automotive segment
- Improved staff morale through increased management efficiencies
- Continuous improvement of business performance through ongoing certification audits
- Bottom-line benefits through increased efficiency, reduced waste and better utilization of resources