ISO/TS 16949:2009

Certification of suppliers in the automotive sector
(After October 1, 2017, organizations can only be audited according to the IATF 16949:2016 standard. ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates will be valid until September 14, 2018.)


The ISO/TS 16949 norm harmonises the existing automotive industry standards demanded of quality management systems all over the world. The right certification credentials are essential for companies wishing to be included in the automotive supply chain of the vehicle manufacturers. As such, ISO/TS 16949 opens the doors to the world's largest production sector.


ISO/TS 16949 forms the basis for top-level process know-how and excellence («zero defects principle»). Due fulfilment of the norm confirms that the required process control measures have been put in place and that the validated procedures are being applied and is therefore essential for approval as a supplier.

Target groups

Suppliers to the automotive industry at all stages along the supply chain.


3 years - there is an annual audit to ensure that standards are being maintained and a recertification audit after 3 years.


The SQS certificate of conformity with ISO/TS 16949 has international validity and is recognised worldwide through the IQNet partnership.


ISO/TS 16949 can be combined with ISO 14001 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety).

Léandre Berclaz
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