IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Quality Management Systems

IATF 16949 : 2016 Automotive Quality Management Systems

What is IATF 16949 Certification?

IATF 16949:2016 is the International Standard for Automotive Quality Management Systems. IATF 16949 was jointly developed by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The IATF 16949 standard guides automobile companies and enterprises to ensure consistent product quality and meet customer requirements.

The goal of IATF 16949 is the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.

Benefits of IATF 16949 Certification

World Class

IATF 16949 certified companies are recognized as a world-class automotive supplier.

Enhance Customer

Improve the quality of your products or services to exceed customer expectations.

Improved Manufacturing

With continual improvement, reduced waste and low defects, increase productivity at scale.

Hit Maximum

Access to global supply chain markets enables you to attract new customers and hit your sales goals

Employee Engagement

Employees who are involved in the improvements of the processes they work with are happier and more engaged employees.

Wastage & Defects

By using the process approach, improve the product and quality process and avoids problems in the supply chain.

Are You Eligible for IATF 16949 Certification?

Only manufacturing sites where production, service parts, or accessory parts that are mechanically attached or electrically connected to the vehicle are eligible for the IATF 16949 certification. 

However, following customer-specified parts like fire extinguishers, car jacks, and floor mats, owner’s manuals, warning triangles and reflective vests that do not directly meet this requirement but are included for IATF 16949 certification.

Take a Deep Dive Into IATF 16949 Certification

Looking to implement an IATF 16949 Automotive Quality Management Systems but not sure where to start? Take a look at our IATF 16949 guide here. The free guide will give you a great insight into this certification. +

Steps to IATF 16949 Certification

Step - 1

Application for IATF 16949 : 2016 Accredited certification from new (Fresh) client and existing client.

Step - 2
Offer Submission

After understanding your business, we create an offer that helps you to attain IATF 16949 : 2016 Certification without hassles.

Step - 3
Offer Acceptance

Acceptance of Offer by client and Confirmation of agreement by both client organization and IRQS.

Step - 4
Certification Audit

Conduct of Initial Certification audit – (Stage 1 + Stage 2) for new (Fresh) clients / Re-Certification audit (For existing clients).

Step - 5

Issuance of the “Certificate of approval” on successful completion of the initial / Re-certification audit process.

Step - 6

Surveillance audits are undertaken annually to ensure that compliance to the chosen Standard(s) is maintained throughout the three-year certification cycle.

Step - 7

The recertification audit process is to be initiated 3 months prior to the expiry of the certificate.

Want to Transfer Your IATF 16949 Certification?

You can transfer your IATF Certification from one Certification Body to another at any stage you wish, you are not tied into any contract. You need a trusted certification body and we’ll help you transfer to us quickly and easily.

If you would like a free quotation for the transfer of your certification then please complete the form and we will be able to provide you with a quotation.

Save Time & Money When You Audit Two Standards

Did you know IATF 16949 and other standards like ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO 45001, etc. share the same structure? You can save time and money when you audit any two standards at the same time.

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Client Case Study

Implementing IATF 16949:2016 can help drive quality and continuous improvement in your organization. The following case studies offer a look at the difference IATF 16949 made for organizations in terms of customer satisfaction, overall manufacturing efficiency and revenue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is IATF 16949 important?

The certification IATF 16949 defines the critical standards, formulated by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). The framework focuses on the automotive industry specifically and exhibits the best practices for quality enhancement. It helps in the continuous improvement of the quality of automotive product manufacturing, service, and assembly of parts, thereby reducing the wastage and risk. The standardization is important for ensuring optimal efficiency and promotes cost-saving with the strategic steps of quality improvement.

What is the difference between ISO 9001 and IATF 16949?

The elementary difference between ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 is the focusing aspect of the defined framework. ISO 9001 is under the International Organization for Standardization. In contrast, IATF 16949 was formulated by the IATF with the vital insights and inputs from automotive industry members. ISO 9001 does not concentrate on a specific industry but it delivers a generic framework for quality management. Furthermore, the ISO 9001 is a framework with a set of 5 quality management measures, facilitating the customer and stakeholder experience to the next level.

How do I apply for IATF 16949?

One needs to follow a systematic model for applying and obtaining the IATF 16949 certification. Firstly, recognize the requirements of the standardization framework and the core tools. Next, gap analysis is the crucial step that needs expert supervision and helps the organization acknowledge the shortcomings. After recognizing the gaps and educating the employees with the essentials of IATF framework and principles, you need to apply for the certification. Auditing is a vital step for acquiring the certification and necessitates a professional team for optimal management. After a successful audit completion, the certificate gets issued for the organization.

What were the Previous versions of IATF 16949?

IATF 16949 certification framework is the 2016 version. Initially, it got derived from the QMS standardization framework, ISO 9001. The first edition got published in 1999 and was termed ISO/TS 16949:1999. Later in 2016, the previous edition was withdrawn and the new-age IATF version replaced the framework and principles of quality management in the automotive industry.

Related IATF 16949 Contents

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Foundations

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