What is IATF 16949:2016
IATF 16949:2016 is an internationally recognized quality management system specification for the automotive industry. This standard incorporates the structure and requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard with additional automotive customer-specific requirements. This standard requires certification by a third-party auditor.
Who Should Use IATF 16949
The IATF 16949:2016 standard is intended for use by all organizations throughout the supply chain but is primarily for tier one and tier two suppliers as required by the OEM. Since the release of the updated 2016 version, vehicle assembly plants will be encouraged to seek certification.
What Are the Benefits of IATF 16949
Some of the main benefits of ISO 9001 certification include:
- Defect prevention
- Continuous improvement
- Reducing waste
- Product safety
- Risk management
- Contingency planning
- Requirements from embedded software
- Change and warranty management
- Management of sub-tier suppliers
How Do I Get Started with IATF 16949
When determining how to get started it is important to look at your internal resources. Do you have anyone on your team that knows the standard and can implement its criteria properly? If not, you may want to consider reaching out to an experienced consultant who can assess your organization and systems to determine what is needed for an effective implementation. Contact us.