The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which helps the global automotive industry to develop quality products, released the first edition of IATF 16949 in October 2016. Setting the standard for an enhanced quality management system (QMS) in the automotive sector, IATF 16949:2016 replaces the outdated ISO/TS 16949.
IATF 16949:2016 focuses on QMS requirements for organizations involved with automotive production, services or accessories. The updated international standard provides comprehensive and applicable customer-specific requirements and tools for the automotive industry. It is congruent with ISO 9001:2015 in terms of framework, structure and requirements.
Corporate Audit Scheme
Organizations adapting to IATF 16949 could benefit from corporate audit scheme certification, which is allowed under the new standard and can be applied where multiple manufacturing sites can be audited collectively. A corporate audit scheme enables a QMS to be centrally structured and managed via regular internal audits at all sites. Moving to a corporate audit system will simplify the documentation and audit process, enable auditing to be conducted more efficiently and reduce the cost and amount of time spent auditing each site during the three-year audit cycle.
Benefits of IATF 16949 Certification
IATF 16949 certification will help your organization to ensure:
- Consistency in the quality of products and services
- Reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain
- Prevention of defects
By implementing IATF 16949:2016, you will demonstrate that your organization meets the highest standards for quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in automotive production and service. Certification will allow you to enable continual improvement while maintaining a competitive edge.
How can SGS help?
Our global network of expert quality management professionals can guide you through the IATF 16949:2016 certification process with training, pre-audits and certification audits.
We offer a variety of training solutions to help you understand the requirements of IATF 16949:2016, Annex SL, risk-based thinking and empowering leadership.
Contact us to learn more about IATF 16949:2016 certification.