I am pretty sure I already know the answer to my question, but as I am not familiar with the ISO 16949 standard, I want to be completely sure. The thing is: I asked a potential supplier to fill out a quality questionnaire and asked for their certifications. They answered by telling me that, as a rule, they don't fill out customer documents but did send me a certificate for ISO 16949:2009. This certificate is made out to their head office (situated in another country), as well as some remote locations (all of these also situated in other countries). So I asked if they don't hold their own certification and they replied by telling me that their head office simply has a 'general one', which means that they automatically are certified as well. I call bullshit (esp. since a couple of their locations are specifically mentioned on the certificate). But I want to know for sure, so I am wondering whether someone who is more familair with ISO 16949 can shed a light on this for me. Thanks beforehand!