This detailed referece is the first of its kind to examine the certification requrements for the QS-9000 series of quality standards. Writeen for automotive suppliers and manufacturers responsible for developing a quality strategy,this book serves as a critical interpretation of the ISO 9000 standards and the QS-9000 requirements. From conducting an initial needs assessment through working with registrars the author offers an overview of the ISO 9000 family of quality standards and progressively explains the new automotive requirements. The book also provides a detailed implementation strategy that uses a project management appraoch to certification. Additional topics include: Quality system requirements for Ford,Chrysler,and General Motors; Speculation on the future of ISO 9000 and other quality systems and programs; A special glossary that defines and interprets key words and phrases related to QS-9000.