QS-9000 Certificates Expire in 2006

The QS-9000 Task Force and the International Automotive Task Force have announced that adherence to ISO/TS 16949:2002 will become a requirement after December 15, 2006 for all suppliers subject to QS-9000. Special permission has been granted for QS-9000 to continue using ISO 9001:1994 until that date.

However, earlier dates may be established by the original equipment manufacturers, for example, BMW has set December 15, 2003 for its suppliers to have ISO/TS 16949:2002 registration. Also, suppliers that are required by their non-automotive customers to be registered to ISO 9001:2000 will still have to make the transition before the ISO 9001:1994 withdrawal on December 16, 2003.

Organizations moving to ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificates will see a more rigorous approval process for registrars, more process-oriented auditing, and more emphasis on meeting customer requirements. How well customer needs are being met will be evaluated through measures such as delivered part quality performance, customer disruptions, delivery schedule performance, and special status customer notifications related to quality or delivery issues.

Registrars must be accredited to issue both ISO 9001:2000 and ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificates. However, they will be able to issue an ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificate without an accompanying ISO 9001:2000 certificate. As a result, suppliers will have to negotiate with their registrars if for business reasons they want to also receive an ISO 9001:2000 certificate.

According to the International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB), suppliers will need to provide their registrar with a list of customers and the current customer ratings before each ISO/TS 16949:2002 audit. Suppliers will also need to provide their registrars with performance data for the past 12 months, a list of internal auditors, and their internal audit results. Joe Bransky, the GM representative, is quoted as saying he will fly any where in the world to buy a steak dinner for the first auditor that refuses to perform an audit due to inadequate client preparation with regard to customer data.

Auditors may have relied too heavily on checklists for QS-9000 audits. They will now be expected to rely more on control plans, failure mode effects analysis, and part approval ratings for ISO/TS 16949 audits. Also, more focus will be placed on determining if the customer-specific requirements are being met.

Auditors will follow the processes from department to department instead of assessing each clause of the standard in isolation from the rest of the system. Checklists should be used to verify the audit completeness, not limit the audit coverage..


If you have any questions about ISO/TS 16949:2002 requirements, send them to the Sanctioned Interpretations Fax Mail Box (248-799-3943) set up by the IAOB (which includes DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and the Automotive Industry Action Group).