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IATF 16949


The IATF and ISO/TC 176, both international automobile organizations, have established the ISO/TS 16949 standard that can be applied to the quality systems of all companies in the supply chain of the automobile industry worldwide by integrating the standards stipulated in existing individual automobile quality management systems. Suppliers and partners in the automotive industry can prove that they have a quality management system for continuous improvement, defect prevention, and reduction of dispersion and waste by acquiring the ISO/TS 16949 certification. Upon revision to the system in October 2016, the IATF 16949:2016 was enforced.


Expected impact and necessity

  • Redistribute supplier resources to improve quality
  • Provide opportunities to improve product and process quality
  • Secure trust in international trade
  • Maintain a common quality system approach and consistency in the supply system between suppliers and subcontractors
  • Satisfy customer requirements through a single audit for companies trading in the automotive industry (Europe and the US)
  • Ensure continued performance-oriented improvement, improvements in customer satisfaction

IATF 16949 certification process

  1. 1. Determine the scope of application of the quality management system.
  2. 2. Establish certification audit or initial audit plan.
  3. 3. Decide whether the current quality management system will reflect the process’s approach.
  4. 4. Align the quality management system to reflect the process approach.
  5. 5. Verify that the current quality management system meets IATF 16949 requirements.
  6. 6. Specify documentation strategy.
  7. 7. Amend, cite, or prepare the current quality management system’s documentation strategy.
  8. 8. Conduct employee training on the new quality management system.
  9. 9. Implement the quality management system
  10. 10. Conduct an internal audit.
  11. 11. Verify the effectiveness of the findings and results of the audit results, and execute a management review