QS-9000 Plans for ISO 9001:2000

The QS-9000 Task Force (consisting of representatives from Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and General Motors) has stated they have no plans at present to adapt or upgrade QS-9000:1998 for the new ISO 9001:2000 standard. However, the alternative document, ISO/TS 16949, will be updated by late first quarter or early second quarter 2001 (based on the expected November release this year of ISO 9001:2000). 

ISO/TS 16949 is a Technical Specification for worldwide automotive requirements and an alternative to QS-9000. Since QS-9000 is based on ISO 9001:1994, automotive suppliers will need to move to ISO 9001:2000 within three years to maintain their ISO registration. This may cause suppliers to move in large numbers to the new ISO/TS 16949 document when it becomes available. Registrations to the current ISO/TS 16949:1999 document are expected to be valid through early 2003. 

The Task Force said they do not anticipate any new requirements for qualified QS-9000 auditors to audit to ISO/TS 16949. However, that may change based on the magnitude and significance of the modifications made to the new TS edition. (Note: the RAB and IRCA have announced the need for special transition training on ISO 9001:2000 for all quality management system auditors).