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Automotive - IATF 16949:2016

Overview of IATF16949

IATF 16949:2016 is the international standard for the automotive supply chain. This international standard, coupled with applicable customer-specific requirements, defines the fundamental quality management system requirements for automotive production, service and/or accessory parts organizations. This standard replaces the ISO/TS16949.

The goal of this international standard is the development of a quality management system that:
  • Provides for continual improvement,
  • Emphasizes defect prevention,
  • Includes specific requirements and tools from automotive industry,
  • Promotes reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.

The IATF 16949 adopts the ten-clause structure of the ISO Annex SL and is aligned to the ISO9001:2015 standard. Riding on the framework of process approach with risk based thinking, the IATF 16949 was written to include consideration for customer specific requirements. The language used is now more direct, explicit and user-friendly with additional provisions for control of software embedded within automotive parts, changes in documentation requirements, and added clarity as fundamental to address the needs of automotive supply chain.

The IATF 16949 automotive sector-specific requirements were created by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). The IATF is an "ad hoc" group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations, formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. IATF members include the following vehicle manufacturers: BMW Group, Chrysler Group, Daimler AG, Fiat Group Automobile, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault SA, Volkswagen AG and the vehicle manufacturers’ respective trade associations - AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.) and VDA (Germany).
 


Benefits of Implementing IATF 16949

The IATF 16949 scheme benefits organizations tremendously. Some of the benefits includes:
  • System approach to managing process and operation
  • Meet the fundamental quality management system required by vehicle manufacturers and OEM automotive customers
  • Gain global recognition
  • Open doors to worldwide automotive supply chain market

ISO/TS 16949 Training Programmes

  • IATF 16949 : 2016 Interpretation and Application


 

FAQ

What is IATF 16949?
 
This International Standard defines the fundamental quality management system requirements for automotive industry. This standard replaces the ISO/TS16949.
Who are the originators of IATF 16949?
 
The IATF 16949 was developed by International Automotive Task Force (IATF). IATF members include the following vehicle manufacturers: BMW Group, Chrysler Group, Daimler AG, Fiat Group Automobile, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault SA, Volkswagen AG and the vehicle manufacturers’ respective trade associations - AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.) and VDA (Germany).
What is the relationship between ISO 9001 and IATF 16949?
 
The IATF 16949 structure and requirements are aligned with the latest version of ISO 9001. Unlike other industry-specific standard, the IATF 16949 standard text does not contain the ISO 9001 standard. The IATF 16949 is to be implemented in conjunction with ISO 9001.
What is the main difference between IATF 16949 and ISO 9001?
 
The ISO 9001 defines generic quality management system requirements for any organizations in any industry. The IATF 16949 defines explicit quality management system requirements for automotive industry.
Which organizations are eligible to IATF 16949 scheme?
 
The IATF16949 is applicable to sites of the organization where manufacturing of customer-specified production parts, service parts, and/or accessory parts occur.  It is applicable throughout automotive supply chain.

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