ISO/TS 16949: Certification to Manufacturing of Automotive Parts

ISO/TS 16949 is the international quality management system standard for manufacturers of automotive-parts. ISO/TS16949:2009 is relevant to all types of automotive supply companies, from small manufacturers to multi-site multinational organizations located anywhere in the world. However, it is only applicable to sites where production or service parts are manufactured.

The standard ISO/TS 16949:2009, which is based on ISO 9001:2008, includes the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 plus additional requirements for the automotive parts industry. An increasing number of auto-parts manufacturers worldwide is implementing or upgrading to ISO/TS 16949. The automotive industry QMS can be applied to your organization's sites worldwide, wherever you manufacture automotive parts or service parts.

The ISO/TS 16949 standard defines manufacturing as the process of making or fabricating production materials, production or service parts, assemblies or heat treating, welding and painting. Automotive is understood to include Passenger Cars, Light Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Trucks, Buses, and Motorcycles; but exclude Industrial, Agricultural and Off-Highway vehicles. The audit will also help reduce production variations and improve manufacturing efficiency, consequently improving profitability. ISO/TS 16949, in conjunction with ISO 9001:2008, defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products.

ISO/TS 16949:2009 is applicable to sites of the organization where customer-specified parts, for production and/or service, are manufactured. Benefits are: license to trade, reduces waste and prevents defects, flexible and easy to adopt, brand reputation, saves money by avoiding duplication. ISO/TS 16949 is an industry-specific Quality Management System catering to automotive markets to promote continuous improvement, to emphasize defect prevention and to reduce waste and variation.

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