The Future of QS-9000 and ISO/TS 16949

The European and US original equipment manufacturers of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) have said they:

  • Will revise ISO/TS 16949:1999 for ISO 9001:2000 by March 2002
  • Have no plans to revise QS-9000, VDA6.1, EAQF94, or AVSQ94 for ISO 9001:2000

ISO/TS 16949:1999 certificates will remain valid until December 15, 2003, which corresponds to the end of the transition period for moving to ISO 9001:2000.

What are your options as a QS-9000 registered organization? You can maintain your current QS-9000 registration until ISO/TS 16949:2002 is issued in March 2002 and then move to the revised standard by December 2003. The transition must be completed during this 21 month period because ISO 9001:1994 (and therefore QS-9000) will be withdrawn in December 2003.

Your organization should evaluate ISO/TS 16949:1999 and ISO 9001:2000 to see what gaps, if any, must be filled to comply with these requirements. You may even want to consider becoming registered to ISO 9001:2000 and ISO/TS 16949:1999 as an interim step before ISO/TS 16949:2002 becomes available early next year. The IATF has said they will permit combined registration to both standards (although separate certificates will be required).