The expected 2016 revision to the international automotive quality standard ISO/TS 16949 is now scheduled for publication in December of 2016.
ISO/TS 16949 Revision
Following a meeting in Rome earlier this year, the the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) set the expected publication date for the revision to standard for December. Organizations certified to the current standard, ISO/TS 16949:2009, will have until September 14, 2018, to transition to the revised standard, according to a transition guidance plan document released by the IATF following the Rome meetings. That document, “Transition plan to the revised automotive QMS” is available for download at the IATF website.
Enhancements to the Automotive Quality Standard
Among the revisions being made the ISO/TS 16949 are enhancements to the standard reflecting recent issues affecting the automotive industry. These changes include:
- Enhanced product traceability requirements to support latest regulatory changes
- Requirements for products with embedded software
- Addition of corporate responsibility requirements
- Warranty management process including addressing NTF (no trouble found) and use of automotive industry guidance
- Clarification of sub-tier supplier management and development requirements
- Requirements for safety-related parts and processes
The IATF is also revising the standard to align with the structure and requirements of ISO 9001:2015. Currently, the IATF is reviewing feedback received from the stakeholders and pilot gap assessments from supplier sites in all regions. The IATF will also be developing certification body auditor training and testing materials to ensure auditor are prepared to begin the transition of certificates to the new standard in 2017.
About ISO/TS 16949
ISO/TS (technical specification) 16949 was developed by IATF submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for approval and publication. The document is a common automotive quality system requirements catalog based on both ISO 9001 and specific requirements from the automotive sector. This document, coupled with customer-specific requirements defines quality system requirements for use in the automotive supply chain.
For more information on ISO/TS 16949 visit the International Automotive Task Force website at www.iatfglobaloversight.org.