ISO/TS 16949, the international quality management standard for the automotive industry, will be replaced in October by IATF 16949:2016, a new standard developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and aligned with ISO 9001:2015, the quality management system standard released by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 2015.
IATF 16949:2016 Supersedes ISO/TS 16949
The current quality management standard for the automotive industry, ISO/TS 16949, was developed in 1999 by the IATF and ISO’s technical committee for quality management, ISO/TC 176. In the years since being developed, the standard has been widely used throughout the international automotive industry to harmonize different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.
IATF 16949:2016 will replace ISO/TS 16949 as the standard that defines the requirements for automotive quality management systems when it is published in October 2016. IATF 16949:2016 will be aligned with the structure and requirements of the latest ISO quality management system standard, ISO 9001:2015, and will be implemented by organizations in conjunction with the implementation of ISO 9001:2015.
About the New Standard
According to the IATF, IATF 16949:2016 will define the quality management system requirements for automotive production, service, and/or accessory parts organizations with the goal of developing a quality management system that:
- Provides for continual improvement.
- Includes specific requirements and tools from automotive industry.
- Promotes reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.
- Emphasizes defect prevention.
The standard was developed using feedback from certification bodies, auditors, suppliers, and original equipment manufacturers while incorporating common automotive customer-specific requirements. The requirements for organizations to be certified to IATF 16949:2016 will be outlined in a revision of the IATF’s “Rules for Achieving and Maintaining IATF Recognition,” which will be released in November 2016. In addition, the IATF will issue and distribute a separate document to provide guidance for organizations transitioning from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to the new standard.
Find more information about IATF 16949:2016 at the IATF website, www.iatfglobaloversight.org.