The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has today published IATF 16949, replacing ISO/TS 16949:2009 as the quality management standard for the automotive industry.
IATF 16949 is a Global Quality Management Standard for the automotive sector, outlining the requirements for an effective Quality Management System (QMS). Adherence to this business-critical standard is mandatory for many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers to the automotive industry.
Although it is no longer an international (ISO) standard, IATF 16949 is to be implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015 rather than being a standalone QMS. It will align with other key management system standards through the use of a structure and core text common to ISO’s Annex SL.
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