Quality Management System Requirement For Automotive Production and Relevant Service Parts Organizations
Product Code: IATF-1
IATF 16949 Automotive Quality Management System Standard
This standard, coupled with the applicable customer-specific requirements, defines the quality management system requirements for automotive production, service and/or accessory parts. IATF 16949:2016 is an autonomous QMS standard that is fully aligned with the structure and equirements of ISO9001:2015. However, it is not a stand-alone document, but is implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO9001:2015, which must be purchased separately. This revised standard cancels and replaces ISO/TS16949:2009
One of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards for quality management, ISO/TS 16949, is evolving with the publication of a new global industry standard by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF).
ISO/TS 16949, a technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems, was first developed in 1999 by the IATF in conjunction with ISO’s technical committee for quality management, ISO/TC 176. Since then, it has become one of the most widely used international standards in the automotive industry, harmonizing the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.
In October 2016 IATF 16949:2016 will be published by IATF and will supersede and replace the current ISO/TS 16949, defining the requirements of a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry. It will be aligned with and refer to the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015. IATF 16949:2016will fully respect ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements, and is not a stand-alone quality management standard, but is implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015.
IATF will ensure continued alignment with ISO 9001 by maintaining strong cooperation with ISO, through its participation in ISO/TC176.
New to the latest revision of IATF 16949:2016 is the inclusion of language on corporate ethics. The new standard states that certified organizations must implement basic corporate responsibility policies such as anti-bribery policy, an employee code of conduct, and an ethics escalation (whistle-blower) policy.
By late 2018, 65,000-plus supplier sites certified to the quality standard —primarily Tier One and Tier Two direct-part manufacturers — must be physically audited and re-certified by an approved IATF third-party certification body. Non-compliance could result in suspension of a supplier’s quality certification and limit their access to new business opportunities.