Revisions to QS-9000 Standard Impact Suppliers
11 May 1998Revisions to QS-9000 Standard Impacting Automotive Industry Suppliers
PITTSBURGH, May 11 -- The Chrysler, Ford and General Motors Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force's newly released third edition of its QS-9000 standard will have an immediate impact on suppliers to the Big Three automakers. According to Robert E. Marino, president of Pittsburgh-based Tri-Tech Services Inc., automotive industry suppliers who must conform to QS-9000 requirements will need to be in compliance with the revised specifications by January 1, 1999, when the second edition of QS-9000 becomes obsolete. "It is very important that automotive industry suppliers who must adhere to QS-9000 be aware of these changes and understand what they need to do to remain in compliance," said Marino, whose Tri-Tech Services has assisted numerous suppliers with their QS-9000 registrations. QS-9000 refers to "Quality System Requirements QS-9000," the common supplier standard for Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. It is based on the 1994 edition of ISO-9001, but contains additional requirements that are particular to the automotive industry. QS-9000 applies to suppliers of production materials, production and service parts, heat treating, painting and plating, and other finishing services. Among the new changes are several requirements developed from reviews of European automotive quality requirements. Tri-Tech Services is one of this country's leading providers of training and quality assurance engineering consulting services in quality program development, vendor management systems, program management, process evaluation and environmental management systems. Many of its clients are automotive industry suppliers required to follow QS-9000. SOURCE Tri-Tech Services Inc.