IATF 16949

QM certification for automotive suppliers according to IATF 16949:2016

The goal of IATF 16949:2016, the world's most comprehensive standard for quality management in the automotive industry, is to achieve the highest possible quality for motor vehicles through uniform standards throughout the entire production chain. The standard was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a working group of European and American car manufacturers and automobile associations. Therefore, certification according to IATF 16949 is almost always a basic requirement to be integrated into the supply chain of automobile manufacturers.

IATF 16949:2016 is based on ISO 9001:2015, supplemented by specific requirements for series and spare parts production in the automotive industry. This close connection to ISO 9001 makes it easier for companies to extend an existing quality management system by the additional requirements of IATF 16949 - without the annoying duplication of effort, e.g. in documentation.

Your competitive edge

IATF 16949 certification is recognized worldwide by car manufacturers and suppliers to the automotive industry: They can penetrate the automotive market and are always one step ahead of the requirements of the industry.

The previous standard ISO/TS 16949:2009 was revised in October 2016 and published under the name IATF 16949:2016. The revision was necessary in order to remain compatible with the ISO 9001 revision published in 2015: Certification according to IATF 16949:2016 always includes the certificate for ISO 9001:2015.

Similar to ISO 9001:2015, IATF 16949:2016 clearly focuses on customer satisfaction, risk management and error prevention. Preventive and corrective measures are also increasingly being checked for their effectiveness.

Like ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, IATF 16949:2016 is structured according to the so-called "High Level Structure" (HLS). This facilitates the establishment and certification of an Integrated Management System (IMS). And also for all management systems to be revised in the future
the HLS will be binding. The obvious advantage of an IMS is the considerably lower additional effort and the reduced audit burden for management and employees.

The transition period for the transition from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949:2016 was linked to the transition period from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015: it ended on 14 September 2018 and all existing ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates expire on this date.

Audits in accordance with ISO/TS 16949:2009 were only possible until 30 September 2017. All initial certification, recertification, review or takeover audits from 1 October 2017 had to be carried out on the basis of IATF 16949.

The conversion to the new standard is associated with an increased audit time in the transition audit: According to IATF specifications, the effort involved in recertification must always be taken into account.