IATF 16949 was published in October 2016. The publication of the certification rules followed in November 2016. Organisations will need to integrate and implement the changes in their quality management systems prior to the transition audit. Auditors must acquire authorization to perform audits according to IATF 16949 by passing an examination. On this background, the first transition audits can be performed in February 2017.
Auditing and auditor days
Transition audits from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949 require the same number of auditor days as a re-certification audit. Prior to the transition audit, a document review will be performed at a minimal additional audit time of 4 hours. The auditor can carry out this document review either on-site or off-site.
For this purpose, the organization must provide the auditor with the following records and documentation:
Quality management documentation (e.g. manual, process landscape, processes and procedures) Evidence of conformity to IATF 16949 (e.g. in the form of internal audit reports, delta analysis including action plans, etc.) Matrix or overview of linking of corporate processes, IATF 16949 clauses, and customer-specific requirements. The transition phase to IATF 16949 will span 23 months from publication of the new standard in October 2016 to the end of the certification validity period on September 14, 2018. Assuming all preconditions are fulfilled (proof of organization’s conformity under IATF 16949, qualification of certification auditors etc.), organizations could begin their transition from October 2016.
If the transition audit reveals a nonconformity with IATF 16949, this nonconformity must be documented in the nonconformity report and closed by the organization within 60 days.