Chrysler, Ford, and GM on ISO/TS 16949:2002

DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors sent a joint letter to their automotive suppliers in August, 2002 regarding the recognition of ISO /TS 16949:2002 and the expiration of QS-9000:1998. They reminded their suppliers that the agreement between QS-9000 and ISO to include ISO 9001:1994 in QS-9000:1998 expires on December 14, 2006. Beyond that date, ISO/TS 16949:2002 will replace QS-9000.

Suppliers currently registered to QS-9000 were strongly urged to upgrade their sites to ISO/TS 16949:2002 at the expiration of their current QS-9000 certification, and no later than December 14, 2006, or earlier based on individual OEM customer requirements (see DaimlerChrysler deadline of July 1, 2004 in later article).

Suppliers certified to ISO/TS 16949:1999 were told to upgrade prior to the expiration date of their current certificate, or December 15, 2004, which ever occurs first. This provides a one year grace period since the ISO 9001:1994 standard, upon which ISO/TS 16949:1999 is based, technically expires on December 15, 2003.

For the full text of the letter, see OEM Communiques at <http://www.iaob.org>.