ISO/IATF 16949: A new evolution for quality management in the automotive industry

One of the automotive industry’s most widely used International Standards for quality management, ISO/TS 16949, is set to evolve with the publication of a new global industry standard by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF).

What is IATF 16949?

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) published the IATF 16949 as the Quality Management Standard for the automotive industry. IATF 16949 is considered as an innovative standard, which is customer- focused and integrates the automotive customer specific requirements.  IATF 16949 is not a separate quality management standard, but it is rather applied as a supplement to and combined with ISO 9001. This international standard aligns with other key management system standards and outlines the Quality Management requirements for organizations which work in the production and/or service of automotive parts and/or related accessory parts.

ISO/TS 16949, a technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems was first developed in 1999 by the IATF in conjunction with ISO’s technical committee for quality management, ISO/TC 176. Since then, it has risen to be one of the most widely used International Standards in the automotive industry, and aims to harmonize the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.

In October 2016, IATF 16949:2016 was published by IATF and has superseded and replaced the ISO/TS 16949, defining the requirements of a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry. It has been aligned with and refers to the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015. IATF 16949:2016 fully respects ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements. IATF 16949:2016 is not a stand-alone quality management standard, but is implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015.

IATF will ensure continued alignment with ISO 9001 by maintaining strong cooperation with ISO, through its participation in ISO/TC 176.

Why is a Quality Management System-Specific to the Automotive Industry important for you?

Organizations operating in the automotive industry have always been obliged to ensure safety and quality in order to be successful. Having said that, being certified against IATF 16949 will enable you to help organizations reach high levels of quality and safety, while lowering costs. This standard was designed to help you become more efficient in the workplace by preventing defects, reducing waste and unnecessary operations. Thus, demonstrating your commitment to the best automotive practices will enable you to improve your reputation and get better job opportunities. IATF 16949 empowers individuals to survive in the automotive industry by becoming easily adapted to the ongoing changes, and respond to internal and external threats. In addition, this standard ensures that all the business practices are well-aligned with the respective business strategy in order to achieve sustainable development, and offer safe and qualitative products and services.

Benefits of ISO IATF 16949 Quality Management System- Specific to the Automotive Industry

By becoming an IATF 16949 certified professional, you will be able to:

  • Gain competitive advantage
  • Help the organization to offer qualitative products and services
  • Help the organization to offer safer products
  • Gain knowledge about the best practices of the automotive industry increase efficiency
  • Reduce waste
  • Eliminate unnecessary operations
  • Create new job opportunities

How do I get started with IATF 16949 Training?

If you are willing to take the challenge and obtain an IATF 16949 certification, our experts will ensure a valuable experience, whereby your needs will be met and you will become part of our global network.

We offer the following IATF 16949 Training:

  • IATF 16949 Foundation
  • IATF 16949 Introduction
  • IATF 16949 Lead Implementer
  • IATF 16949 Lead Auditor

Organisational Gap analysis against ISO 16949

Organisations will then need to perform a gap analysis to assess the nature of changes that are required in their business. Should you not feel confident in conducting a gap analysis, you may call on a CAA qualified Lead Implementer and Auditor to assist. CAA offers guidance that will lead your team to certain compliance.

Once ready, you can contact CAA to conduct a pre-certification, or readiness audit, implement corrective action and you’re good-to-go.

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