ISO/TS 16949:2009 is a globally recognized quality system requirement jointly developed by the US, German, French and Italian automotive industry. It provides a framework for achieving best practice with regards to the design and manufacture of products for the automotive supply chain. It is based on ISO 9001:2008 by adding specific requirements of the automotive sector, and promotes continual improvement by emphasizing reducing variation, scrap and defect prevention in the automotive supply chain.
ISO/TS 16949 is implemented by automotive companies of all sizes which relates for the design and development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive related products. It is seen an effective management system to help organizations within the industry grow, compete, succeed and continuous improvement.
ISO/TS 16949 is based on Daimler Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors' QS-9000 quality systems standards as well as the ISO 9000 family of standards. In June 1988, automotive parts suppliers at the ASQ Automotive Division conference, suggested the need for a set of quality assessment for automotive industry.
At a European QS-9000 implementation meeting, representatives for the U.S. automakers learned that similar efforts had already been underway in the forms of "VDA 6.1 in Germany, AVSQ in Italy, and EAQF in France." A desire to further unify these disparate standards was expressed, resulting in the creation of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). ISO/TS 16949 is applicable to any organization regardless of size or geographical location. ISO/TS 16949:2009 has now been replaced by IATF 16949:2016.
ISO/TS 16949 provides global framework that standardize guidelines and requirements applicable to any organization that manufactures components, assemblies and parts for supply to the automotive industry. There are many reasons why ISO/ TS 16949 is important: