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IATF 16949:2016 – work with SGS to ensure a smooth transition to the latest version of the automotive quality management system (QMS) standard.

The global automotive industry faces important challenges, from the rapid growth of the supply base in emerging markets to the need for improved performance, reliability and cost effectiveness. In response to these challenges, the 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 released the first edition of the new IATF 16949 in October 2016.

Coupled with applicable customer-specific requirements, this new international standard outlines the quality management system requirements for organisations working in automotive production, service and/or accessory parts of the automotive industry.

As highlighted by the IATF, the goal of this new international standard is the development of a quality management system that:

  • Provides for continual improvement
  • Emphasises defect prevention
  • Includes specific requirements and tools for the automotive industry
  • Promotes the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain

Upcoming requirements

Key changes to the IATF 16949 standard include: 

  • Incorporation of some of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customer specific requirements (CSRs) to reduce the complexity and number of CSRs for suppliers to implement, and for certification bodies (CB) to audit
  • Inclusion of requirements for safety related parts and processes
  • Enhancement of product traceability requirements
  • Inclusion of requirements for products with embedded software
  • Inclusion of a warranty management process addressing no trouble found (NTF) and the use of automotive industry guidance
  • Clarification of sub-tier supplier management and development requirements
  • Addition of corporate responsibility requirements
  • Adoption of Annex SL High Level Structure, the same structure used when developing ISO 9001:2015 

Transitioning to IATF 16949:2016

IATF 16949 was released in October 2016 and is aligned with the framework, structure and requirements of the ISO 9001 standard revised in 2015. 

The main implications of this new standard are:

  • ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates will not 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
  • Organisations 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
  • Organisations that are already certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 will need to complete a successful transition audit, which includes a positive VETO certification decision, by September 14, 2018
  • Organisations that are completing a late transition audit (July to September 2018) prior to September 14, 2018, will have a maximum of 120 days for VETO approval after the last day of the transition audit.

How Can SGS Help?

We provide training courses to help you understand the requirements of IATF 16949:2016, Annex SL, risk based thinking and empowering leadership. 

Contact us to learn more about transitioning to IATF 16949:2016.

You can also find more information at the IATF Global Oversight web page.