QS 9000 is a company level certification based on quality system requirements related specifically to the automotive industry. These standards were developed by the larger automotive companies including Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler. This standard is obsolete and has been replaced by either ISO/TS 16949 or ISO 9001.
This certification was for organizations in the automotive supply chain.
Organizations that wanted to become certified to the current version of QS9000 would need to complete an application, undergo a document review and certification audit. Once the certification was received, annual or regularly scheduled audits would be conducted to verify continued compliance to the standard.