TL 9000 Release 6.0

With the release of ISO 9001:2015, many sector specific schemes are in the process of updating their standards. QuEST Forum, the global industry organization aimed at improving the quality of products and services delivered for the information communication technologies (ICT) industry, and the developer of the TL 9000 standard, was one of the first industry organizations to announce that its standard will continue to align with ISO 9001.

The current TL 9000 Release 5.5 Requirements Handbook is being revised for ISO 9001:2015. The new Release 6.0 Requirements Handbook will be published in 2Q 2016 and will be effective September 15, 2016. There will be a 2 year transition period, meaning all TL 9000 certified organizations must make their transition to Release 6.0 before September 15, 2018.

TL 9000 is a two-part quality management system standard aimed at meeting the supply chain quality requirements of the worldwide ICT industry. One part of the standard consists of the TL 9000 Requirements Handbook, which contains all of the auditable requirements of ISO 9001 and additional requirements that address the specific needs of the ICT sector, such as:

  • Service Availability (24/7)
  • Program, product, project, and service planning
  • Continuity of supply
  • Maintenance, including long-term and end of life
  • Product security
  • Disaster recovery

Keeping in mind that the additional TL 9000 requirements are intended to be more prescriptive in the areas needed for the ICT industry, QuEST Forum is in the process of reviewing all current additional requirements.

In some cases, additional requirements may no longer be relevant or necessary due to shifts within the ICT industry. In other cases, some TL 9000 additional requirements may be addressed by the text or intent of ISO 9001:2015 and no longer needed.

Additionally, new TL 9000 delta requirements supporting strategic focus areas such as security, supply chain management, corporate social responsibility, and enhancements related to TL 9000 Measurements, and other QuEST Forum initiatives will also be evaluated.

To learn more about the update of TL 9000, refer to the QuEST Forum website.