TL 9000 Release 3.0 - An abbreviated transition for TL 9000 - Changes and Additions


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An abbreviated transition for TL 9000:

The changes in Release 3.0 of the QMS requirements handbook primarily involve reorganization of the "adders" (sector-specific requirements added to ISO 9001) to align with ISO 9001:2000, while the changes in Release 3.0 of the QMS measurements handbook involve enhancements to the measurements in Release 2.5 and a few additional measurements.

Release 3.0 eliminates the following three sector-specific requirements present in Release 2.5:

4.4.9.H.1, Design Changes--Tracking of Changes (H = applicable to hardware only)

4.9.H.1, Process Control--Inspection and Testing

4.9.HV.3, Process Control--Employees Skills List (HV = applicable to hardware and services only).

In addition, Release 3.0 contains the following new adder:

7.2.3.C.4, Customer-Related Processes, Customer Communication--Customer Feedback (C = applicable to hardware, software and services)

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) established a three-year transition period for moving a registration from ISO 9001/2/3:1994 to ISO 9001:2000, which was adopted by the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) for the National Accreditation Program that it jointly runs with the American National Standards Institute. Although Release 3.0 of the QMS requirements handbook is aligned with ISO 9001:2000, it does not contain significant changes to the adders, and therefore the QuEST Forum decided to adopt an abbreviated transition period for moving from Release 2.5 to Release 3.0 of TL 9000.

In the QMS requirements handbook, Clause 1.7, Implementation of Revisions, states, "When a new release of this handbook is published, all changes become effective on the date of publication unless otherwise noted in the handbook. The new handbook may be used immediately on publication. Organizations seeking to achieve or maintain registration may continue to use the previous release of the handbook for 12 months after the date of publication of the new release. At that point, the old release becomes obsolete.


How much does TL9000 release 3 similar to ISO9001:2000?

There are not much informations or articles written on TL9000 so I was wondering if refering to ISO9001:2000 will be sufficient.
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