ISO/TS 16949 Standard: Process-Orientated Approach

ISO/TS16949 is an ISO technical specification aiming to the development of quality systems management. Certification to ISO/TS 16949 guarantees for the credibility of your company and gives your company a competitive advantage when competing for contracts both locally and globally. This standard applies to all manufacturers in the automotive supply chain worldwide for cars, their parts, components or systems.

ISO/TS 16949 certification provides to improve processes and product quality, reduce the need for multiple second and third party audits and increase confidence when bidding for global sourcing contracts. Certification to the ISO/TS 16949 quality management system demonstrates both commitment to product quality and compliance to customer specific requirements. The standard implements an ongoing process that helps find and report areas of improvement of your management system and relevant processes in your business. This standard complements many existing business improvement tools, such as FMEA, PPAP and Six Sigma. The process-oriented approach to business processes that is addressed in ISO 9001 stands at the forefront of the standard. It looks at the business processes in a process environment in which there are interactions and interfaces that need to be recognized, mapped and controlled by the quality management system.

ISO/TS standard also helps in reduction of production variations and improved manufacturing efficiency, impacting the bottom line results positively and increased customer confidence for global sourcing. It helps to reduced business risk and improvement of overall quality management system. ISO/TS 16949 technical specification is applicable to production and service part organization sites where customer specified parts are manufactured, and can be applied throughout the automotive supply chain. ISO/TS16949 standard certification is relevant to all types of automotive supply companies, from small manufacturers to multi-site multinational organizations. However, it is only applicable to sites where production or service parts are manufactured. ISO/TS 16949 standard is based on ISO 9001, making the process approach easy to adopt and integrate with other key management systems including ISO 14001 EMS and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety.

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