In 1988, the International Organization for Standardization issued the ISO�9000 series of business management standards.
The requirements of ISO�9000 pushed organizations to develop formalized Quality Management Systems that ideally are focused on the needs, wants, and expectations of customers.
QS�9000 is the automotive analogy to ISO�9000. A Task Force representing Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation developed QS�9000 in an effort to standardize supplier quality systems.
In accordance with QS�9000 standards, compliant automotive suppliers utilize Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), including design and process FMEAs, and develop a Control Plan.