ISO/TS 16949

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

ISO/TS 16949 Technical Specification for Automotive Quality Management Systems, in conjunction with ISO 9001, defines the quality system requirements for the design/development, manufacturing, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. ISO/TS 16949 certification is a mandatory industry requirement. It was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to align automotive quality systems throughout the world.

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Benefits of Certification

Benefits of ISO/TS 16949 certification include:

  • Improved product and process quality, which can reduce costs
  • Ability to gain supplier of choice status with many of the world's largest automotive manufacturers that require certification to ISO/TS 16949:2009
  • Easier integration into existing quality management programs as ISO/TS 16949 is based on ISO 9001

The NSF-ISR process is about making sure you meet your customer's requirements and conform to the specification. We offer value-added auditing focused on performance. Our approach ensures that our audits bring value to your business and supply chain.

Why Work With NSF?

At NSF-ISR, we know ISO/TS 16949. NSF-ISR is a leader in quality and environmental management systems certifications and one of the largest automotive registrars in North America.

We were among the first to be recognized by the IATF to conduct ISO/TS 16949 audits. We bring real-world knowledge and practical experience to our auditing program. With NSF-ISR you can be assured of thorough, credible and constructive ISO/TS 16949 audits.

Certification Process

The NSF-ISR ISO/TS 16949 management systems certification process consists of these steps:

  1. Application and Contract – Your company submits an application and signs a contract (master agreement).
  2. Audit Team Assignment – NSF-ISR assigns an auditor team.
  3. Document Review – We perform a document review (when required) for the management system (MS) and issue a report of conformance or nonconformance.
  4. On-Site Readiness Review (ORR-Stage 1 Audit) – As the first stage of the certification process, NSF-ISR verifies readiness of the MS to continue with the certification process.
  5. Certification Audit (Stage 2) – Our audit team conducts an on-site audit to verify conformity to the specified standard.
  6. Independent Review – A certification board reviewer recommends the final certification/recertification decision.
  7. Notification of Certification – We notify your organization in writing, issue the certificate and publish the certification in our online listings.
  8. Surveillance Audits – NSF-ISR performs semiannual or annual audits to verify the MS is being maintained.
  9. Reassessment – NSF-ISR performs reassessment audits in accordance with requirements.

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