ISO 9000 for cars rolls out

A partnership between ISO and the automotive industry has resulted in the publication of a new edition of ISO/TS 16949, which specifies quality system requirements for automotive suppliers.

It is expected that the technical specification (TS) will become the common basis for the automotive industry’s quality management system requirements world-wide, gradually replacing the multiple national specifications now used in the sector (e.g. QS 9000, AVSQ, VDA6.1 and EAQF).

ISO/TS 16949:2002 was developed by a partnership comprising the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), with the support of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 176, which is responsible for the ISO 9000 family of quality management standards

The new document aims at the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasising defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. Incorporating the requirements of ISO 9001:2000, ISO/TS 16949:2002 also includes detailed, sector-specific requirements for employee competence, awareness and training, design and development, production and service provision, control of monitoring and measuring devices, and measurement, analysis and improvement.

The individual OEM members of the IATF, including DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Ford, Fiat, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, BMW and Volkswagen, are now in the process of formulating or announcing their policies for implementation of the technical specification by their respective supply bases.

ISO/TS 16949:2002, Quality management systems – Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2000 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations, costs 116 Swiss francs and is available from the ISO. ISO will also publish a French language version.

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