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The ISO/TS16949 is an ISO technical specification aimed at the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the automotive industry supply chain. It is based on the ISO 9001 standard and the first edition was published in June 1999 as ISO/TS 16949:1999.
The ISO/TS16949 can be applied throughout the supply chain in the
automotive industry. Certification takes place on the basis of the
certification rules issued by the International Automotive Task Force
(IATF). The certificate is valid for three years and must be confirmed
annually (as a minimum) by an IATF certified auditor (3rd Party Auditor)
of an IATF recognized certification body. Re-certification is required
at the expiry of the three-year period. Certification pursuant to ISO/TS
16949 is intended to build up or enforce the confidence of a
(potential) customer towards the system and process quality of a
(potential) supplier. Today, a supplier without a valid certificate has
little chance of supplying a Tier 1 supplier and certainly no chance of
supplying a car manufacturer with standard parts.
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