ISO/TS 16949: Adopt Now or Wait for the Revision?

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) announced late last year a common registration scheme for ISO/TS 16949, the new worldwide automotive standard. The Big Three (Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors) currently consider registration to ISO/TS 16949 as an alternative to QS-9000.

The IATF is moving ahead to align ISO/TS 16949 with the new ISO 9001:2000 standard. According to a Ford spokesperson, an updated document is expected by the end of next year.

It appears that ISO/TS 16949 may become the sole quality standard in the future. So, should suppliers move to ISO/TS 16949 now, or wait for the revised version next year?

If you only operate to a single standard (for example, QS-9000, AVSQ, EAQF, or VDA6.1), you should probably wait for the new ISO/TS 16949. However, if you are a multi-national supplier and operate to multiple automotive standards, it may make sense to adopt ISO/TS 16949 now to align early with the single standard.