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.

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 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.

Can anyone receive TS 16949 certification?


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

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