ISO/TS 16949 was first published in 1999. It defines worldwide quality system requirements for use in the automotive supply chain.
ISO/TS 16949 is the culmination of efforts to achieve global consistency in quality systems requirements. The sector-specific standard was originally based upon ISO 9001, 1994, QS-9000 (U.S), AVSQ (Italian), EAQF (French) and VDA 6.1 (German). In 2002, it was revised to reflect the requirements of ISO 9001:2000.
The IATF has approved a very limited number of registrars that can certify companies to the ISO/TS 16949 standard. PTI Quality Containment Solutions has established the discipline in its processes to ensure compliance with these standards.