ISO TS 16949:2009 Certification (Automotive Quality Management Systems)

TS 16949 is the International Standard for Automotive Quality Management Systems.

What is ISO/TS 16949?


ISO/TS 16949 was jointly developed by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) members and submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for approval and publication.

The document is a common automotive quality system requirement based on ISO 9001, and customer specific requirements from the automotive sector.
ISO/TS 16949 emphasizes the development of a process oriented quality management system that provides for:

  • continual improvement
  • defect prevention
  • reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain

The goal is to meet customer requirements efficiently and effectively.

IS ISO/TS 16949 right for me?


The standard is applicable to any organisation that manufactures components, assemblies and parts for supply to the automotive industry. In this context manufacturing is defined as:

The process of making or fabricating production materials, production or service parts, assemblies or heat treatment, welding, painting, plating or other finishing services.

What are the benefits of certification?


  • Customer satisfaction. Deliver products that consistently meet customer requirements.
  • Reduced operating costs. Continual improvement of processes and resulting operational efficiencies mean money saved.
  • Improved stakeholder relationships. Improve the perception of your organisation with staff, customers and suppliers.
  • Proven business credentials. Independent verification against a globally recognised industry standard speaks volumes.
  • Ability to win more business. Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply, so certification opens doors.
  • International recognition. Additional confidence for global sourcing.
  • Consistent quality approach. Common approach in the supply chain for supplier or subcontractor development.