I just started working for a company as their QS 9000 and ISO 14001 Management Rep. The last five months I have virtually become a monk trying to become familiar with them. This is the first time I had seen before I came here to work. Our plant is the only QS plant the rest are ISO 9001-1994 and going to ISO 9001-2001. I just recently took a course to become a certified lead auditor for ISO 9001-2000 with QS as a supplemental. Corporate has asked me to help with ISO 9001-2000 transition and in doing so I'm wordering if they change their/our Level 2 procedures to the new format (1-8) can we leave our procedures in our format (1-20)? Also, does the TS-16494 procedures align with the (1-8) or (1-20) format or is it all together different? Thanks in advance for your help!
TS 16949 is currently aligned with ISO 9001:1994 rev, but it is planned for revision and re-alignment with 9001:2000 rev.
I recommend you stick with the 2000 rev format. As long as you have a good document linkage/reference system in place it doesn't matter whether you are all on the same format. It would make it simpler for folks dealing with both, but is not necessary.
A change to ISO 9000:2000 does not require reformatting your document structure. I never followed the 20 elements in my 1994 based systems. Use whatever format works best for your employees - don't worry about the auditor being confused. If you give them a good cross reference, and they are a good auditor, they should be able to find everything. For example, I usually combine Customer Product (4.7), Product ID & Traceability (4.8) and Handling, Storage... (4.15) into one procedure called Product Control. I did not want to have to make the workers think about where the product was from and then have to figure out which procedure to look at.