ISO TS 16949 is intended to avoid multiple certification audits and provide a common approach to a quality management system for automotive production, and relevant service part organizations. This ISO TS 16949, coupled with applicable customer-specific requirements, defines the fundamental quality management system requirements for those subscribing to this document.
The goal of ISO TS 16949 is the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. This ISO TS 16949, in conjunction with ISO 9001:2000, defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products.
This ISO TS 16949 is applicable to sites of the organization where customer-specified parts, for production and/or service, are manufactured. Supporting functions, whether on-site or remote (such as design centres, corporate headquarters and distribution centres), form part of the site audit as they support the site, but cannot obtain stand-alone certification to this Technical Specification. This ISO TS 16949 can be applied throughout the automotive supply chain.