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In August 2016, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Automotive Task Force (IATF) agreed to discontinue the joint development of ISO/TS 16949, the well-known technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems. IATF will now release the first edition of the new IATF 16949.

Coupled with applicable customer-specific requirements, this new International Standard will outline the quality management system requirements for organizations working in automotive production, service and/or accessory parts of the automotive industry.

As highlighted by IATF, the goal of this new 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 main implications of this new direction are*:

  • ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates will no longer be valid after September 14, 2018
  • After October 1, 2017 no audits (initial, surveillance, recertification or transfer) shall be conducted to ISO/TS 16949:2009
  • Organizations certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 shall transition to the new IATF 16949, through a transition audit in line with the current audit cycle for ISO/TS 16949:2009

IATF 16949 is expected to be released in October 2016 and will be aligned with the framework, structure and requirements of the ISO 9001 revised in 2015.

Updates regarding IATF 16949:2016 can be obtained from the Global IATF website.

For further information, please contact:

Vivien Chan
International Marketing Manager
SGS S.A.
t: +603 2095 9200

* Extracted from the IATF 16949 Transition Strategy document

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