ISO/TS 16949:2009

The third edition of the automotive quality standard, ISO/TS 16949:2009, has been published to include the text of ISO 9001:2008. ISO/TS 16949:2009 replaces ISO/TS 16949:2002 and can be ordered at this AIAG web page.

ISO/TS 16949:2009 can be ordered in hard copy or electronic format at an AIAG member price of $30 or a non-member price of $90. You are allowed to print two copies of the e-standard PDF file before storing it on your hard drive.

ISO/TS 16949:2009 was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). Along with the embedded ISO 9001:2008 text, it defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products. ISO/TS 16949:2009 is applicable to sites where customer-specified parts, for production and/or service, are manufactured.


The IATF provided the following transition information to Certification Bodies:

1. No New Requirements

ISO/TS 16949:2009 introduces no new or changed requirements. The incorporated ISO 9001:2008 standard is based on clarifications or amendments to ISO 9001:2000 and those intended to improve consistency with ISO 14001:2004.

2. Application

Certification Bodies and Organizations are expected to understand and apply the amendments in ISO/TS 16949:2009. Application of the clarifications related to ISO 9001:2008 requirements is effective no later than 120 days after the release of ISO/TS 16949:2009.

3. Certification Status to ISO/TS 16949:2002

The certification status to ISO/TS 16949:2002 remains in effect for the certification life. Certification to ISO/TS 2009 will be recognized with the effective date of the release of ISO/TS 16949:2009. Certification to ISO/TS 16949:2009 is not an upgrade and its term is the same as the current ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificate.

4. Certificates Issued to ISO/TS 16949:2009

IATF recognized certificates to ISO/TS 16949:2009 may be issued upon request by an organization (client) after official publication and after a regularly scheduled surveillance audit, but are not required until the next recertification audit.

Key Differences

ISO/TS 16949 incorporates text from the ISO 9001 standard within boxed sections. The text unique to ISO/TS 16949 is included outside the boxed ISO 9001 sections.

Most of the differences in ISO/TS 16949:2009 compared to ISO/TS 16949:2002 are due to including the ISO 9001:2008 standard to replace the old ISO 9001:2000 text. You can see these ISO 9001:2008 changes at this Whittington & Associates web page.

The changes in the unique ISO/TS 16949:2009 text are described at this Whittington & Associates web page. Deleted ISO/TS 16949:2002 text is indicated with strikethroughs. The new ISO/TS 16949:2009 text is underlined and highlighted in yellow.

Most of the differences in ISO/TS 16949:2009, beyond those in the boxed ISO 9001:2008 text, were to:

1. Change from “product quality” to “conformity to product requirements” in multiple places for consistency with the same change made in ISO 9001:2008.

2. Change from “regulatory” requirements to “statutory and regulatory” requirements in multiple places for consistency with the same change made in ISO 9001:2008.

3. Modify the titles for clauses 6.2.2 and 7.6 to match the changed titles in ISO 9001:2008.

4. Replace “ISO 9001:2000” with “ISO 9001:2008” and “ISO 9000:2000” with “ISO 9000:2005”.

5. Add new references in the Bibliography section and remove the withdrawn standards.