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What is TS 16949?

TS 16949 is an internationally recognized Quality Management System specification for the automotive industry. TS 16949:2009 is the current version (last updated in the year 2009) of the standard that was developed for the Automotive Industry. It contains all of the requirements of ISO 9001 plus several additional requirements specifically for the Automotive Industry.

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Basics of TS 16949


TS 16949 defines the Quality Management System requirements for automotive suppliers throughout the automotive industry supply chain. View the Basics of TS 16949 tutorial.

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

Can anyone receive TS 16949 certification?


View the requirements and our Eligibility tutorial to see who is qualified to receive TS 16949


What are Core Tools?

You can view TS 16949 Core Tools tutorials for free.

Need to learn even more about TS 16949?

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