ISO/TS 16949

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process
  • ISO/TS 16949 Revision

ISO/TS 16949 Technical Specification for Automotive Quality Management Systems, in conjunction with ISO 9001, defines the quality system requirements for the design/development, manufacturing, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. ISO/TS 16949 certification is a mandatory industry requirement. It was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to align automotive quality systems throughout the world.

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Benefits of Certification

Benefits of ISO/TS 16949 certification include:

  • Improved product and process quality, which can reduce costs
  • Ability to gain supplier of choice status with many of the world's largest automotive manufacturers that require certification to ISO/TS 16949:2009
  • Easier integration into existing quality management programs as ISO/TS 16949 is based on ISO 9001

The NSF-ISR process is about making sure you meet your customer's requirements and conform to the specification. We offer value-added auditing focused on performance. Our approach ensures that our audits bring value to your business and supply chain.

Why Work With NSF?

At NSF-ISR, we know ISO/TS 16949. NSF-ISR is a leader in quality and environmental management systems certifications and one of the largest automotive registrars in North America.

We were among the first to be recognized by the IATF to conduct ISO/TS 16949 audits. We bring real-world knowledge and practical experience to our auditing program. With NSF-ISR you can be assured of thorough, credible and constructive ISO/TS 16949 audits.

Certification Process

The NSF-ISR ISO/TS 16949 management systems certification process consists of these steps:

  1. Application and Contract
    Your company submits an application and signs a contract (master agreement).
  2. Audit Team Assignment
    NSF-ISR assigns an auditor team.
  3. Document Review
    We perform a document review (when required) for the management system (MS) and issue a report of conformance or nonconformance.
  4. On-Site Readiness Review (ORR-Stage 1 Audit)
    As the first stage of the certification process, NSF-ISR verifies readiness of the MS to continue with the certification process.
  5. Certification Audit (Stage 2)
    Our audit team conducts an on-site audit to verify conformity to the specified standard.
  6. Independent Review
    A certification board reviewer recommends the final certification/recertification decision.
  7. Notification of Certification
    We notify your organization in writing, issue the certificate and publish the certification in our online listings.
  8. Surveillance Audits
    NSF-ISR performs semiannual or annual audits to verify the MS is being maintained.
  9. Reassessment
    NSF-ISR performs reassessment audits in accordance with requirements.

ISO/TS 16949 Revision

It is expected that the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) will release the fourth edition of the ISO/TS 16949 automotive QMS standard in December 2016, as well as the revised scheme rules that support the transition process. All organizations currently certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 must transition to the new ISO/TS 16949:2016 by September 14, 2018.

An important stakeholder conference was held in Rome on April 12-13, 2016 to solicit input regarding the first revision of the IATF QMS standard and the proposed certification transition plan. The draft was shared at that meeting to a select group of approximately 250 stakeholders comprised of 44 IATF recognized certification bodies, 41 global supplier companies, IATF member organizations and witness auditors. NSF-ISR was well represented in this meeting and provided its feedback on the document status. The input received will be further analyzed and considered for inclusion in what will be a final draft version scheduled for release in the July 2016 time frame.

This final draft version will be used to develop training materials for clients and auditors alike as well as to provide the criteria for selected pilot audits. A final version of the new standard is scheduled for publication by year end 2016.

Reminder on reasons for the changes:

  • Upgrade of the ISO 9001 high-level structure required changes in TS
  • Project to include and thereby reduce customer-specific requirements
  • Clarification of emerging expectations related to software, warranty, safety /regulatory parts, etc.
  • Opportunity to improve alignment of lower-tier QMS requirements
  • Potential for greater global alignment of core tools
  • Opportunity to include witness audit-related improvements

The IATF recently published information regarding the transition plan for TS-registered organizations. The transition period for the approximately 63,000 global TS registrants will be one and a half years, beginning in early 2017. The transition process includes the following steps:

  1. Transition audit
  2. Nonconformity management
  3. Certificate decision
  4. Certificate issuance

All current registrants and auditors are encouraged to get familiar with this material and the process. Resource constraints from an auditor and certification body perspective are anticipated, so registrants are encouraged to prepare to transition as early as possible.

Transition Guide

Use the NSF-ISR ISO/TS 16949:2016 Transition Guide to identify areas of the standard that have been updated. We will continue to update this guide as new information on the standard becomes available. Download the Guide

Next Steps

Next steps for current TS registrants include gaining familiarity with the new ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements as this will be contained within the TS requirements. Any knowledge gained through this process will be utilized during the TS transition. NSF-ISR has created several tools to assist clients in understanding the structural changes for migrating from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. These resources include a readiness assessment, transition guide, on-demand webinars and an upgrade planner and delta checklist. They can be accessed through the ISO 9001:2015 Revision tab on the ISO 9001 page.

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