On the heels of the announcement that the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) will be publishing its new automotive quality management system standard IATF 16949:2016 in October, the IATF has published an online guide to assist organizations planning to transition to the new standard from the current standard ISO/TS 16949.
Transition Strategy: ISO/TS 16949 > IATF 16949
The document, titled “Transition Strategy: ISO/TS 16949 > IATF 16949” is now available for download at the IATF website. The document is applicable to organizations that are certified to or use ISO/TS 16949, as well as certification bodies and auditors. The foreword to the document also notes that the document supersedes the previously communicated IATF transition plan that was posted in April. Among the areas covered in the guide:
- Transition timing requirements
- Transition audit requirements
- Transition audit team requirements for certification bodies
- Transition audit nonconformity management
- IATF 16949 certificate issuance
- Initial certification to IATF 16949
The document also indicates that future revisions will include a section answering frequently asked questions that arise during implementation of the transition strategy.
The document includes requirements for organizations that will be transitioning to IATF 16949:2016, including the timing requirements for the transition. No audits (initial, surveillance, recertification or transfer) to ISO/TS 16949:2009 shall be conducted after October 1, 2017. Organizations certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 shall transition to the new standard through a transition audit in line with the current audit cycle for ISO/TS 16949:2009 (i.e., at a regularly scheduled recertification audit or surveillance audit) according to the allowable timing
requirements defined in the IATF Rules, section 5.1.1.
The document also outlines the requirements for transition audits. The transition audit shall be the duration of a recertification audit according to the IATF Rules, Table 5.2, and be a full systems audit equivalent to a recertification audit, complying with all requirements defined in the IATF Rules, section 6.8. Furthermore, the transition audit shall only be conducted by qualified third-party auditors who have already demonstrated their competence to audit against IATF 16949. Auditors shall therefore pass both: the IATF 16949 and IATF Rules quizzes in the IATF ADP system before they are allowed to conduct transition audits and initial certification audits.
Download “Transition Strategy: ISO/TS 16949 > IATF 16949” free of charge and find out more about IATF 16949 at the IAFT website, www.iatfglobaloversight.org.