The automotive industry’s IATF 16949:2016 standard was published on 1st October 2016 by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and it replaces one of the most widely used international standards for quality management within the sector, ISO/TS 16949.
The revised standard replaces ISO/TS 16949:2009, and no audits can be conducted to ISO/TS 16949:2009 after 1st October 2017. All organisations must have completed their transition to 16949:2016 standard by 14th September 2018.
The original standard was first developed in 1999 by the IATF in conjunction with ISO’s technical committee for quality management, ISO/TC 176 with the aim to harmonise the assessment and certification systems within the global automotive supply chain.
IATF 16949:2016 is an innovative, strongly customer-focused standard which incorporates common automotive customer-specific requirements. Its development was further shaped by the feedback of certification bodies, auditors, suppliers as well as original equipment manufacturers. 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 has released a Transition Strategy document which covers key areas including a transition timeline and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) approved by the IATF, whilst all the information announced by the International Automotive Task Force can be found on the IATF website.
How LRQA can help
With the introduction of the new IATF 16949:2016 standard, organisations will need to train a number of staff, from their audit teams through to top management. Our range of transition training services will provide you with a better understanding of how the changes relate to your future business performance.
LRQA can also support you with an on-site Gap Analysis* assessment to help you and your organisation plan for the transition to IATF 16949:2016. The Gap Analysis assessment examines and reports on your management system’s readiness for transition and It focuses on how your management system has addressed, or plans to address, the changes introduced through the publication of IATF 16949:2016.
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*Gap analysis is available to new or existing LRQA clients that are not currently certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009