What is ISO/TS 16949?

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ISO/TS 16949 is a Technical Specification not an ISO standard. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers, wrote ISO/TS 16949 in conjunction with the International Organization for Standards (ISO). This specification aligns existing American (QS-9000), German (VDA6.1), French (EAQF) and Italian (AVSQ) automotive quality systems standards within the global automotive industry.

Together with ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 specifies the quality management system requirements for the design/development, production, installation and servicing of automotive products. In addition, there are customer specific requirements that are required by individual subscribing vehicle manufacturers. ISO/TS 16949 does not replace the existing quality system requirements. However, along with customer specific requirements, ISO/TS 16949 has been accepted as an equivalent to QS-9000, VDA6.1, AVSQ, and EAQF. ISO/TS 16949 will eliminate the need for multiple certifications.

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