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In October 2016, the IATF published IATF 16949:2016. It superseded and replaced ISO/TS 16949. It is aligned with and refers to ISO 9001:2015. On October 1, 2016, the IATF released Revision 1 of its IATF 16949 Transition Strategy document and Revision 2 on November 21, 2016. The IATF specified all criteria related to the transition. The entire document is available at: www.iatfglobaloversight.org.
For in-depth transition information review SRI’s IATF 16949 Transition Requirements.
IATF 16949:2016 is a Quality Management Systems automotive “sector-specific” standard based on ISO 9001:2015. IATF 16949:2016 was developed by the members of International Automotive Task Force (IATF).
This document (which includes ISO 9001:2015 by reference), plus the individual OEM customer-specific requirements, defines the quality system requirements for use in the automotive supply chain.
The IATF has developed its own unique and proprietary registration process and requirements for organization registration. It also qualifies its own registrars and registrar auditors. The registration scheme includes common rules for consistent global registration processes.
IATF 16949:2016 was approved and issued on October 1st, 2016 as an automotive sector-specific Quality Management System set of requirements that use the updated ISO 9001:2015 (verbatim) as its base. It replaced ISO/TS 16949:2009 based on ISO 9001:2008.
As an industry standard:
Subscribing automotive OEM companies will only recognize and accept an IATF 16949 registration which has been conducted using the prescribed registration process (“rules” available from the IAOB) and conducted by third party registrars that have been selected by the IAOB/IATF.
Registration to IATF 16949 by an IATF “selected” registrar is required before a certificate can show the IATF mark and indicate IATF recognition.
The IATF has asked all registrars to assure that IATF 16949 registrants meet the following applicability requirements:
In addition to the IATF 16949:2016 technical standard, the IATF established a governing document called “Rules for Achieving and Maintaining IATF Recognition.” The 5th Edition “Rules” were published November 1, 2016 and took effect on January 1, 2017, and include criteria for the registrar, registrar audit process, auditor qualification, certification requirements, and expectations for the registering organization. The “Rules” mandate a two-stage process for registration.
Stage 1, the “Readiness Review,” is conducted on-site for a minimum of one or two days. Its single purpose is to determine whether an organization may proceed to a Stage 2 registration audit. The Stage 1 audit is required even if the organization has elected to undergo a Pre-Assessment Audit. Furthermore, each value-added site must be independently assessed for readiness. Stage 2 is the full registration audit, and it must take place within 90 days of the Stage 1 visit. If it is not feasible to proceed with the Stage 2 audit within that 90-day period, a second Stage 1 audit must be conducted.
Some of the important “Rules”:
Those organizations and suppliers that do not qualify for IATF-recognized registration to IATF 16949 are encouraged to consider ISO 9001:2015 registration.
A quotation for registration to IATF 16949:2016 can be provided by contacting SRI at 724-934-9000 or by clicking on Get a Quote above, and Request a Proposal. The SRI Sales Team looks forward to discussing your needs, and we can have a quote to you in as little as two hours.
Supplier training courses relative to IATF 16949:2016 application and certification are available from SRI Public Training Courses. The most effective sources for public training have often shown to be the registrar that knows and has observed the IATF criteria applied in a practical manner.
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