ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949 - Quality Management System Standards

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems that is used worldwide by manufacturing and service organizations. The growing number of organizations with certified ISO 9001 quality management systems confirms the increasing popularity of ISO 9001. Based on the assurance that defined quality requirements are met, the organization with an ISO 9001quality management system has usually a competitive advantage over non-certified competitors. Proper documentation is an important part of an ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Appropriate information and guides for documentation development do assist with the development of the quality manual, procedures and other necessary documentation in order to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. A detailed requirements checklist helps to identify any missing subject that must be addressed in order to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

ISO/TS 16949 is the international quality management system standard for manufacturers of automotive-parts. 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 16949:2009. Organizations that have already implemented an ISO 9001 quality system and want also obtain certification for ISO/TS 16949:2009 just have to add the additional requirements of ISO/TS 16949. One of the most time-consuming parts of the implementation process is the development of the necessary documentation. The minimum documentation used most commonly by an organization for the development and maintenance of an ISO/TS 16949 quality management system includes: a quality policy and quality objectives, and quality manual. 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.

ISO/TS 16949:2009, 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.

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