ISO/TS 16949:2009

Quality Management System

Optimal Quality Performance in the Automotive Sector

The global automotive industry demands world class levels of product quality, productivity and competitiveness as well as continual improvement. To achieve this goal many vehicles manufacturers, insist that suppliers adhere to strict technical specifications. For most vehicle manufacturers, certification is a mandatory requirement that is internationally recognized enabling worldwide business. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a group of automotive manufacturers, aims at providing improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. It defines technical specifications aimed at the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement in the in the automotive industry supply chain.

What is IATF 16949:2016?

IATF 16949:2016 is a standard that establishes the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS), for the automotive sector. It replaces the former ISO/TS 16949:2009 standard. The standard specifies the quality system requirements for the design/development, production, installation and servicing of automotive related products. It enables organizations to demonstrate their commitment to product quality and compliance to customer requirements.

Who can benefit from IATF 16949:2016?

Requirements are generic and applicable to any supplier providing design and development, production, assembly, installation and services of automotive related products, inclusive of products with embedded software. The IATF 16949 standard is applicable to sites of the organization where manufacturing of customer specified production parts, service parts, and/or accessory parts take place.

What are the key benefits of IATF 16949:2016?

  • Provides for continual improvement
  • Emphasizes defect prevention
  • Promotes reduction of variation and waste in the automotive industry supply chain
  • Meets the requirements of its customers and other stakeholders
  • Requires organizations to define objectives and continually improve their processes in order to attain them
  • Requires documented and implemented corporate responsibility polices
  • Demonstrates ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and applicable statutory, regulatory and product safety requirements
  • Results in increased clientele leading to greater profitability
  • IATF 16949 certification enables expansion into new markets as it is mandatory for doing business in some sectors
  • Identifies and addresses risks
  • Increased productivity and efficiency leads to decreased internal costs
  • Flexible and easy to adopt
  • Enhances brand reputation
  • Saves money by avoiding duplication