Companies can choose from an overwhelming number of international standards, published by International Organization of Standardization (ISO). Just to start, you may apply for ISO 9001, AS 9100, TL 9001, TS 16949, ISO 13485, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001. You may also want to combine or update any of these standards.
To determine which standard is right for your company, consider your industry, customer demands and long-term business goals and strategies. The following table can get you started prior to contacting MSI:
|ISO 9001||Quality Management Systems||This is the basic international standard of fundamentals for a Quality Management System. It can be used by any organization of any size and is the foundation for other industry standards.|
|TL 9000||TL 9000 Quality System Requirements||Same as ISO 9001 but with a focus on specific standards used in the telecommunications industry.|
|ISO 13485||Medical Devices — Quality Management Systems — Requirements for Regulatory Purposes||Same as ISO 9001 but with a focus on specific standards used in the medical device industry.|
|TS 16949||Automotive Standard||Same as ISO 9001 but with a focus on specific standards used in the automotive industry by companies that are suppliers to the auto parts industry.|
|AS 9100||Aerospace||Same as ISO9001 but with a focus on specific standards used in the aerospace industry.|