ISO/TS 16949 has established its status as global quality standard in the automotive industry in recent years, largely replacing previously widespread automotive standards such as VDA 6.1, EAQF, AVSQ, QS-9000 etc.
IATF 16949 to replace ISO/TS 16949
As announced by the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) in August, the new automotive standard IATF 16949 will be published in October 2016.
The announcement (available on the IATF website) states that the certification rules for IATF 16949 will be published in November 2016. Furthermore, it presents regulations governing the transition strategy from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949.
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.
For an overview of the transition process, please download ourfactsheet [ PDF 754 kB ]summarizing the key conditions and time frames.
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The IATF (International Automotive Task Force) has approved the first draft of the new automotive quality standard to include additional stakeholder feedback. The revision work team is preparing for an April 2016 conference to obtain further stakeholder input. The IATF intends to release the transition strategy from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to the new automotive quality standard in April 2016.
Pilot gap assessments will be conducted May through June 2016 worldwide. Feedback from gap assessments will be used to further refine the new automotive quality standard and the associated Rules for achieving and maintaining IATF recognition. The target date for completion of the new automotive quality standard is December 2016.
Some of the new enhancements to the automotive quality standard to address recent issues in the automotive industry include the following:
Requirements for safety-related parts and processes
Enhanced product traceability requirements to support latest regulatory changes
Requirements for products with embedded software
Warranty management process including addressing NTF (no trouble found) and use of automotive industry guidance
Clarification of sub-tier supplier management and development requirements
Addition of corporate responsibility requirements
From April 1, 2016, onward, certification of manufacturing sites according to ISO/TS 16949 with site extensions ("extended workbench") according to "SI 13" will again be possible. This revokes the IATF's decision of 2014 according to which site extensions had to be certified as separate sites. However, the IATF also specifies more precise criteria for the application of this certification option.
For more information on the precise criteria of certification of manufacturing sites with site extensions, please click here [ PDF 1816 kB ] to access IATF’s presentation.
Should you decide to embark on this certification option, a new quotation and certification contract will be prepared for you. Based on the information submitted by you, we will then need to decide whether the criteria for this option are fulfilled. The evidence underlying the decision must be documented by us and provided to IATF on request. The structure will also be mapped in the IATF database. For further inquiries, please contact us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org