DaimlerChrysler Sets July 1, 2004 Deadline

DaimlerChrysler has announced a July 1, 2004 deadline for its suppliers to achieve ISO/TS 16949 registration. The letter issued to its suppliers stated: 

In October of 1999, we communicated to you our acceptance of quality registration to either VDA 6.1 or QS-9000. You were also informed that registration to ISO/TS 16949, including company specifics, would be acceptable as quality registration. An added note was that this new Technical Specification may become the Quality Management standard of the future.

DaimlerChrysler is a global supplier of vehicles to the world. It only makes common sense that DaimlerChrysler should require its suppliers to adhere to a global Quality Management requirement. There are no plans to rewrite VDA 6.1 and QS-9000 to adjust to global changes in quality requirements.

Effective July 1, 2004, DaimlerChrysler will require registration to ISO/TS 16949. VDA 6.1 and QS-9000 will be accepted until this final deadline.

The second edition of ISO/TS 16949, aligned with and containing ISO 9001:2000 in its entirety, was released March 2002. This requirement was specifically designed for the automotive sector and is recognized by all automotive manufacturers worldwide.

It is suggested that you contact a registrar that is recognized by the IATF to upgrade your current registration to this new requirement. This upgrade may be accomplished during any surveillance audit in the next two years.

Five web sites were listed for more information on ISO/TS 16949, including the International Automotive Oversight Bureau at <http://www.iaob.org>. The letter concluded by listing Henry Gryn at 248-944-0737 as the contact for any questions.

Not all QS-9000 registrars are approved to issue ISO/TS 16949 certificates. Suppliers not using an approved registrar must either select a new registrar or confirm their current registrar will be approved in time to meet the deadline.