ISO/TS 16949:2002

Putting into force the ISO/TS 16949:2002 in April 2002 the automotive industry moves another important step forward to automotive excellence. Different quality standards (QS 9000, VDA 6.1, EAQF, and AVSQ) have been harmonised in the ISO/TS 2, which is based on the ISO 9001:2000. All European and American car manufacturers acknowledge the new version as a common standard.
Since the end of 2003 the only valid standard is the new ISO/TS 16949:2002 and the previous version ISO/TS 16949:1999 has been definitely cancelled. All certificates following ISO/TS 16949:1999 have become void by 15. December 2003.
By December 2006 the QS 9000 will be replaced by the ISO/TS 16949:2002. For VDA 6.1, 6.2 and 6.4 a revision is planned with adjustment to the new ISO9001:2000. Nothing has been made public so far regarding the replacement of QS 9000 by ISO/TS 16949:2002.

The actual ISO/TS 16949:2002 includes the following requirements:

  • spare part producers will be included in the validity scope
  • producers are no longer exempted from the validity scope
  • the QM-System needs to be process oriented
  • demand for a specific process that governs production
  • failures that occur during the periode of use have to be analysed

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