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IATF 16949:2016

Introduction to IATF 16949

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We have been associated with organizations across the world for their IATF 16949 certification project. Whether you a small organization or a multinational corporate, our proven consulting solutions will ensure that you implement IATF 16949 standard in the most effective manner with timely project completion.

IATF 16949 automotive quality management system implementation with the consultants and experts of QMS Corp.not only assures 100% successful IATF 16949 certification but also improves process performance and business operations.

Consultants of our organization partner your company in your automotive quality management initiative through IATF 16949 certification to get your company IATF 16949 certified quickly with ease of implementation and in the most cost effective manner. We make sure that IATF 16949 standard implementation does not become just a documentation activity but it becomes a way of life for the organization that lays a foundation for Total Automotive Quality Management and quality conscious organizational culture.

We offer onsite consulting solutions and online consulting solutions for IATF 16949 certification. Our customers have been utilizing our services not only for initial certification consulting but also post certification consulting to ensure that our consultants regularly add value to the business processes of our customers and their process & automotive quality standardization initiatives.

Our IATF 16949 certificate consulting services include awareness training, automotive quality policy - objectives workshop, gap analysis, documentation design including manuals, procedures, work instructions, formats etc, implementation assistance & training, internal auditor training, lead auditor training, assistance in conducting internal audit, pre-assessment audit and everything required to ensure a 100% successful IATF 16949 certification audit within scheduled project completion time period.

Biggest benefit an organization gets out of IATF 16949 Automotive QMS is improved business process control through process standardization. No matter what benefits you are looking from IATF 16949 certification, we will make sure that your organization benefits from IATF 16949 implementation and certification.

IATF 16949 is an internationally recognized Quality Management System specification for the automotive industry. The automotive/motorcycle industry is one of the most challenging industries in the world. It operates under extreme pressures of cost and time. Being able to rely on suppliers is key, not only for the car/motorcycle manufacturers, but also for other organizations in the supply chain. They all require suppliers that have their processes under control, that understand their customers' specific requirements and focus on continuous improvement. Appropriate certification of your management system offers a decisive advantage in demonstrating that your company matches these criteria.

What is IATF 16949?

ISO/IATF 16949 is the only standard recognized worldwide related to quality management as it applies to any organization active in the automotive/motorcycle supply chain. It is based on:

What are the key benefits?

The IATF 16949:2016 Quality Management System certification standard for the automotive industry enables you to demonstrate your commitment to product quality and compliance to customer requirements. In addition, the standard allows you to continuously improve your quality management systems and related processes. ISO/IATF 16949:2016 is based on renowned quality management principles The IATF 16949 standard is a worldwide automotive standard developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) – a group of the world’s living consultant automotive manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, BMW, PSA Citroen, Volkswagen, Renault and Fiat) and their respective trade associations. The ISO/IATF 16949 standard brings together the various aspects of ISO 9001:2000, AVSQ (Italian), EAQF (French), VDA6 (German) and QS-9000 (U.S.) into one standard. IATF 16949:2016 can be applied to company sites worldwide, wherever automobiles or their parts and components are manufactured.

IATF 16949 Frequently Asked Questions

What is IATF 16949:2016?

IATF 16949:2016 is an ISO Technical Specification, which integrates existing American and Europ ean automotive quality management systems standards within the global automotive industry, with the aim of eliminating the need for multiple certifications to satisfy multiple customer requirements.

Using ISO 9001:2000 as its foundation, IATF 16949:2016 specifies the quality management system (QMS) requirements for the design & development, production, installation and servicing of automotive related products. In addition, there are customer specific requirements that are required by individual IATF subscribing vehicle manufacturers.

In the past a variety of standards were in use by various automotive companies around the world. ISO/IATF 16949 is designed to eventually replace all of these standards as the single worldwide automotive sector QMS standard. Previous standards include the following:

Who authored IATF 16949:2016?

IATF 16949:2016 was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The IATF consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers - BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault and Volkswagen - plus national trade associations - AIAG (America), VDA (Germany), SMMT (UK), ANFIA (Italy) and FIEV (France).

What are the Timeframe to upgrade for IATF 16949:2016 certification?

From October 1, 2017, no audits will be conducted for ISO/TS 16949:2016. From October 1, 2017, whoever wants to have initial audit, surveillance audit and recertification audit, they will be audited for IATF 16949:2016.

What is new requirements in IATF 16949:2016

Who does IATF 16949:2016 apply to?

IATF 16949 is applicable to the following types of automotive supply chain products and facilities:

Who/what is excluded from IATF 16949:2016

IATF 16949 cannot be applied to the following products or organizations:

Who is authorized to carry out certification of organizations to IATF 16949:2016?

Certification body who is complied with IATF rules can carry out audit with their qualified auditors.

What should you do if do not qualify for IATF 16949 certification?

Those organizations that do not qualify for IATF recognized registration , or which supply parts and services to a IATF 16949 registered organization, are encouraged to maintain ISO9001:2015 or ISO 17025 certification as the case may apply.

How do I obtain IATF 16949 publications and find an IATF qualified certification Body?

A complete and updated list of qualified Certification Bodies may be found on the IAOB Web site at www.iaob.org. You will also be able to purchase all the required publications for IATF 16949 at this site. Please read our article on “Tips on choosing a Certification Body”, before you make your selection.

What are the benefits of implementing an effective QMS based on the IATF 16949:2016 standard?

Benefits include:



What are IATF 16949:2016 requirements?

The requirements cover a wide range of topics, including:

  1. Risk Based thinking
  2. Integration of customer specific requirements
  3. First and Second party auditor competency
  4. Product safety
  5. Manufacturing Feasibility
  6. Warranty management
  7. Development of products with embedded software
  8. Training opportunities.

Can an organization exclude any clauses from the scope of its QMS registration?

You must begin with the premise that all requirements of IATF 16949 are generic and applicable to your QMS. The only permitted exclusion to IATF 16949 is from clause 7.3, for product design and development, if your organization is not responsible to any automotive OEM for design and development activity. If you not clear whether you are design responsible, contact your customer and get clarification in writing. You must include manufacturing process design and development in the scope of your QMS.

How can an organization go about implementing IATF 16949:2009?

The following is an overview of the key steps:

Get a copy of IATF 16949:2016 and core tools reference documents
Familiarize yourself with the requirements and determine if certification to this standard makes good business sense for your organization.

Educate yourself
Start with reading our free eBook Understanding IATF 16949:2016. The more you read, the more informed you will be in making choices and developing your IATF 16949 QMS. You will find much of this right here on this web-site.

Next, look into training courses available to gain deeper insight into the requirements and core tools for system development, implementation and auditing. Call us and we will discuss and arrange the appropriate course for your needs.

Review consultant options
Experienced and expert consultants can fast track your IATF 16949 QMS program development and implementation with realistic and effective strategies and solutions in a cost effective and timely manner. We have the expertise to assist you. Call us for a no-obligation discussion of your needs.

Do a 'Gap Assessment'
A gap assessment is an audit of your current management system practices, controls and documentation, to determine the extent to which it conforms to those required by the IATF 16949 standard. While a trained in-house quality practitioner can do this, it is best done by an consultant (ex CB auditor), with the experience of hundreds of such audits. The audit findings are presented in an audit report along with recommendations to address the gaps. The Gap Assessment is the starting point for planning your management system development.

Planning - strategy, resources and project
The adoption of an IATF 16949 QMS is a strategic decision for the organization. It is vital that your top management provides leadership, resources, involvement and support. In addition, you need to assemble a team to develop and implement your QMS. You also need to plan your implementation steps, time line, responsibilities and resources needed.

Determine training needs
Your implementation team will need training in IATF 16949 and other reference documents. There are a wide range of courses, workshops, and seminars available designed to meet these needs. We provide a number of these training courses. Call us for more information.

Develop a IATF 16949 QMS manual
Your QMS manual should describe the QMS policies and operations of your company. Through the manual, you will provide an accurate description of the organization and the best practice adopted to consistently satisfy customer expectations.

Develop your processes and needed documentation
Define and document as needed the processes of your organization, and the best practice for effective planning, operation and control of these processes.

Implement your QMS
Work to your implementation project plan. Communication and training are key to a successful implementation. Monitor progress and get management support to overcome hurdles along the way.

Consider a pre-assessment
Consider having a preliminary evaluation of the QMS documentation and implementation by a Consultant or certification body. The purpose of this is to identify areas of non-conformity and allow you to correct these areas before you begin the formal certification process.

Select a certification body
Your business relationship with the certification body will be in place for many years, as your certification has to be maintained. Read our article on “Tips on selecting a Certification Body” before you select your CB.

What we offer for IATF 16949 Certification for your organization?

With a team of highly qualified consultants and trainers having vast industrial experience, QMS Corp.partners organizations across the world to implement and achieve IATF 16949 certification. Our consulting approach is highly professional, time bound and effective resulting in ease of implementation and adds value to the business processes of the client organization.

We offer IATF 16949 training, implementation, consulting, gap analysis, documentation, internal audits, pre-assessment audits, certification audit through best of the certification bodies and post certification enhancement / maintenance services to enable your organization get the best out of IATF 16949 quality management system. Our services are globally accepted, authoritative and benchmarked in the field of IATF 16949 QMS:
Contact us at info@qms-corp.com to get your organization IATF 16949 certified.