Automotive industry: new ISO evolution for quality management. One of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards for quality management, ISO/TS 16949, is set to evolve with the publication of a new global industry standard by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF).
ISO/TS 16949, a technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems, was first developed in 1999 by the IATF in conjunction with ISO’s technical committee for quality management, ISO/TC 176. Since then, it has risen to be one of the most widely used international standards in the automotive industry, and aims to harmonize the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.
In October 2016 IATF 16949:2016 was published by IATF and will supersede and replace the current ISO/TS 16949, defining the requirements of a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry. It is aligned with and refer to the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015.
IATF 16949:2016 fully respects ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements.
IATF 16949:2016 is not a stand-alone quality management standard, but is implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015.
IATF ensures continued alignment with ISO 9001 by maintaining strong cooperation with ISO, through its participation in ISO/TC176.
The updated Rules for achieving and maintaining IATF recognition, 5th Edition, dated 1st November 2016, is available for purchase from the IATF National Associations.
Rules 5th edition is effective 1st January 2017. Rules 5th is to be used 1st January 2017 regardless of whether a client/supplier is certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 or the new IATF 16949:2016 automotive quality management system standard.