TS-16949 Auto-industries

What is TS 16949?

TS 16949 was an internationally recognized Quality Management System specification for the automotive industry. IATF 16949:2016 is the current version, updated from TS 16949:2009. If you are interested in becoming certified you should learn more about the current version- IATF 16949,  one of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards.
TS 16949 is the last internationally recognized Quality Management System specification for the automotive industry. TS 16949: 2009 was developed for the Automotive Industry. It contained all of the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 plus several additional requirements specifically for the Automotive Industry.

Why TS 16949 and not just ISO 16949?

The International Organization of Standards, (ISO) is a worldwide organization that develops many different kinds of standards. Recommendations to ISO for a new specification require 2/3 majority vote to be approved as a Technical Specification (thus the TS). Once it is approved by 3/4 of the members it becomes a standard (like ISO 9001).

Why do companies want to Implement TS 16949?

Registration to TS 16949 was a requirement for any company wanting to supply its products to the Automotive Industry. Companies registered to this Technical Specification were required to develop their suppliers’ Quality Management Systems with the goal of the supplier conforming to TS 16949. The first step in this development was often for the supplier to achieve third party registration to ISO 9001:2000.

How can ISO/TS 16949 help your business?

The automotive industry has long been one of the most efficient and productive sectors within the global economy as a result of quality management techniques. Whether you’re looking to operate internationally or expand locally, certification to the standard provides firm evidence that your management system meets the exact requirements of the automotive sector.

ISO/TS 16949 standard is proven to help deliver tangible commercial improvements such as:
• Enhanced corporate reputation – by demonstrating compliance with industry and legal requirements
• Improved customer satisfaction – through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements
• Ability to win more business – via easier access to global markets and new business and investment prospects
• Improved operational processes and greater efficiency – through implementation of a single management system and reduced audit requirements
• Improved risk management – through greater consistency and traceability of products and services

10 tips on making ISO/TS 16949 work for you

  • Top management commitment is vital for the system to be introduced successfully. Make sure senior managers are actively responsible, involved, approve resources and agree to the key processes.
  • Make sure your whole business and supply chain are committed to business improvement and engage them with a sound communications strategy.
  • Establish a competent and knowledgeable implementation team to deliver best results, sharing roles and responsibilities.
  • Review systems, policies, procedures and processes you have in place at the moment. Then compare them with what ISO/TS 16949 asks for. Get supply chain and stakeholder feedback on your current quality processes.
  • Adapt the basic principles of ISO/TS 16949 standard to your specific business objectives and environment.
  • Clearly lay out a well-communicated plan of activities and timescales. Make sure everyone understands them and their role in achieving them.
  • Consider using BSI’s Entropy™ Software to manage your system which is configured to help you achieve sustained compliance with key ISO/TS 16949 requirements.
  • Train your staff to carry out internal audits, which can provide valuable feedback on potential audits and opportunities for improvement.
  • Encourage your supply chain to become certified to ISO/TS 16949 to benefit from a robust end to end system.
  • Regularly review your ISO/TS 16949 management system to make sure it remains appropriate, effective and delivered continual improvement.