I am Peter Stokes an independent consultant also working as a lead assessor fot QS and TS. Something that I think should be taken up by those seeking registration to TS is this. The rules for assessment are that if the assessment (or surveillance) days equate to 5 or more for a visit, the assessing body MUST use 2 assessors. As most assessing bodies charge for travel this will DOUBLE your travel costs for a 5 day (or more) assessment or surveillance. (QS9000 does not have this rule) At my TS exam I queried this and was told it was for the clients benefit? It is a pain in the arse for the assessment body and the client. We need the freedom to decide how to man the audit by mutual agreement. An Asian client recently cancelled his TS16949 upgrade from QS because he realised that 2 assessors were going to fly in, one from UK and one from Korea at his expense. The travel days were more than the assessment days. Because the business is very specialised there are very few qualified assessors with the correct coding for his business. IS THIS SENSIBLE? The assessing bodies DO NOT query the rules and are not listened too. But the clients SHOULD question these rules and NOW whilst the spec is in its infancy and fighting for acceptance.