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Automotive industry members urged to help influence ISO standards

20 October 2010 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is urging industry members to take part in an important survey, launched by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), to help influence the future of the ISO 9001 standard.

ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organisation needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. It also aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system.
ISO has launched a survey for users and potential users of the ISO 9000 family of documents with a specific focus on ‘ISO 9001:2008 Quality management Systems – Requirements’, seeking feedback from as wide a range as possible of both current users and potential users of the sector specific standards that are based on ISO 9001, to understand their future needs.
Whilst many stakeholders would like to see major changes to the standard, there is a real concern about the adverse impact, including significant costs, to those sectors that have their own standards based on ISO 9001, including the automotive specific standard – ISO/TS 16949.
This is a unique opportunity for the automotive industry to make sure its opinion is considered by ISO. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is therefore urging as many people as possible from within the automotive sector to complete the survey.
Please complete the survey via the link below and encourage your colleagues and partners in the automotive sector to do the same.
  • The survey can be completed online here:  
  • It will be available in 11 languages.
  • You can submit your responses until early January 2011 (but please submit your views as soon as you can).
For more information about the ISO survey, or the automotive standard ISO/TS 16949 in particular, please contact Steve Elvin:

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