QS9000 is a quality system
that was widely used by the automotive industry.
It was developed by Daimler-Chrysler, Ford
and General Motors. It was first published
in 1994 and reissued in 1998. QS9000 is
now being phased out and replaced by TS16949.
The large automotive companies require
that suppliers of parts, materials and services
comply with the requirements of QS9000.
QS9000 was based on the
ISO9000:1994 standard, it took
that standard as a baseline and imposed
additional automotive specific requirements
and interpretations. The ISO9000:2000
standard was substantially different
from the 1994 version and it was decided
to change to TS16949 rather than update
(Automotive Industry Action Group)
have developed reference manuals that
give specific information on how companies
should comply with the standard.