QS-9000 Quality System Requirements
QS 9000 can be seen as an adaptation of the ISO
9001 system in respect of specific demands from the automotive industry.
It is more comprehensive and consists of widespread requirements in
comparison with ISO 9001. Reviews are conducted twice a year and at
1. continuous improvement
This certification standard is tailor made for
automotive spare part suppliers. It originated five years ago when the
so called "Big Three", Ford, General Motors und Daimler-Chrysler
planned to harmonise quality standards for their suppliers. QS 9000
is based on ISO 9001:1994, which is invalid since the end of 2003. The
validity for QS 9000 had been extended up to the end of 2006.