ISO/TS 16949

ISO/TS 16949 was developed by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO/TS 16949:2002 is an ISO Technical Specification, which aligns existing American (QS-9000), German (VDA6.1), French (EAQF) and Italian (AVSQ) automotive quality systems standards within the global automotive industry, with the aim of eliminating the need for multiple certifications to satisfy customer requirements


ISO/TS 16949 is relevant to automotive production and service part organizations only. It is applicable only to sites where production or service parts are manufactured. (A site is defined as: a location at which value added manufacturing processes occur. Manufacturing is defined: as the process of making production materials, parts or assemblies, or heat treating, painting, plating services.). Any tier within the supply chain can apply.

Benefits of ISO/TS 16949
  • Improved product and process quality
  • Improved on-time delivery.
  • ISO/TS 16949 satisfies automotive mandates of IATF members on a global basis, when complemented by fulfillment of customer-specific requirements
  • Eliminates the need for multiple third-party registrations on a geographic basis
  • For most vehicle manufacturers, certification is a mandatory requirement that is internationally recognized - helping you to do business worldwide
  • Reduces waste and prevents defects
  • ISO /TS 16949 is based on ISO 9001, making the process approach easy to adopt and integrate with other key management systems
  • Certification can provide additional confidence and consistency to all interested parties
  • For suppliers to a number of different vehicle manufacturers, certification to ISO/TS 16949:2002 avoids the need for multiple certificates to VDA6.1, EAQF, QS-9000 and AVSF