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Everything You Need To Know About IATF 16949:2016

20 March 2017

The automotive quality management system standard ISO/TS 16949 has undergone major revision and was released in October 2016 as the First Edition of IATF 16949.

With the recent release of the widely anticipated First Edition of the IATF 16949 standard, there will be many activities and a lot of information that organizations will need to be aware of within the transition process that supports the new standard.

So what are the changes?

There are many new concepts that have been introduced and also areas that were previously Customer Specific Requirements incorporated into the IATF 16949 which for those organisations that are already certificated to the Automotive standard, will present new challenges to integrate them into your management systems.  

For those just setting out on the journey to develop an Automotive Quality Management System, you will need someone with a good level of knowledge to implement all of the requirements.

The following are examples of a few of the new concepts which have built into the new IATF 16949 standard:

  • Manufacturing feasibility
  • Warranty management 
  • Temporary change of process controls 
  • Supplier quality management system development
  • Second-party audits & Auditor Competency
  • Control plan 
  • Problem-solving methodologies
  • Control of changes
  • Total productive maintenance
  • Standardized work
  • Embedded Software                   
  • Product Safety 
  • Risk Based Thinking

Are NQA Ready?

NQA are recognised to the new IATF 16949 standard by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and all of our Automotive Auditors are also qualified to deliver audits to the new standard. This means that NQA are ready to meet the needs of your organization.  

You may be a transitioning organization, or an organization seeking certification to the IATF 16949 standard for the first time, but be assured that you are in good hands by selecting NQA as your Certification Body of choice to help you gain certification to IATF 16949.

Time scales for transition

If you are certificated to ISO/TS 16949:2009, or just starting out on the Automotive journey and thinking of gaining certification though ISO/TS 16949:2009 first, you should be aware that audits to this standard can only be delivered until the 1st October 2017. From this date onwards, NQA will only be able to support you through the delivery of audits to IATF 16949.

Clients certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 will need to undergo a transition audit to IATF 16949:2016 to maintain Automotive certification, for which the deadline for this is 14th September 2018. Look at the next topic for some guidance on this.

How should ISO/TS 16949 certified organisations approach this?

ISO/TS 16949 registered clients will need to consider when this transition audit should happen, as there is an obvious time and resource commitment associated with this.

With the transition audit activity being the equivalent in time to a recertification audit the following would be NQA’s recommendations as to how to approach this;

  • If before the 1st October 2017 deadline, you are due a surveillance audit activity within your usual cycle, then NQA recommends that you remain with the ISO/TS 16949:2009 standard and leave the transition audit until the following year, as the results may be better for your organisation the more time you take to implement the new standard.

  • If however, a recertification audit activity is due before 1st October 2017, then your organization will need to consider the impact of what would in effect be two recertification audit durations if transitioning to the new IATF 16949 is left for another year.  Similarly to the previous point, the more time you have to implement the new IATF 16949 standard, the results may be better for your organisation.

What are the challenges?

Advice: Start your development now!

There are many changes within the IATF 16949 standard compared to ISO/TS 16949 (over 200 in their minutiae) and it is going to demand a lot of time and resource commitment of your organization.  As you can see from the array of new concepts and implemented customer specific requirements earlier in this post, this is going to be a little onerous if you limit the implementation timescale.

Give your organization the best chance of success in achieving certification to the new standard!

How can NQA help?

To help our existing clients and those looking to implement the new Automotive standard, NQA have produced two GAP analysis documents, one for the ISO 9001 elements and one for those within IATF 16949.

So how will these help you?

The documents can help your organization…

  • to capture information about what you have in place already
  • identify where there may be shortfalls to requirements
  • establish what further actions will need to be undertaken to ensure compliance
  • record if the requirements have been met

NQA Training?

To help with aspects within the new requirements of IATF 16949, NQA have produced some courses, detailed below, for which further information can be found here:

  • NQA IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Transition Course
  • NQA IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Management Internal Auditor Course

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