What is TS 16949?
What is the difference between TS 16949 and ISO 9001?

What is TS 16949?
ISO/TS 16949:2009 is a technical specification that replaced QS 9000 as the automotive standard for quality management systems. While QS 9000 applied strictly to “The Big Three”, TS 16949 has been adopted by most major international automotive OEM’s (original equipment manufacturer).



The minimum six reference manuals one will need for a TS 16949 program are:


1. ISO/TS 16949


2. Advanced Product Quality Planning and Control Plan (APQP)


3. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)


4. Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)


5. Fundamental SPC (SPC) and


6. Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) manual.

What is the difference between TS 16949 and ISO 9001?
TS 16949 includes all the requirements of ISO 9001 in addition to specific requirements for the automotive industry – suitable for companies involved in production of parts or services that are integrated into the products of an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or OES (original equipment service). If a company does not supply an OEM or OES they do not qualify for TS 16949. ISO 9001 is more generic and applies to a broad range of industries and organizations.

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