IATF Rules 5th Edition Change | ISO Updates | NQA

The IATF released ‘The Rules for Achieving and Maintaining IATF Recognition - 5th Edition’ in November 2016.

IATF RULE CHANGES

The International Automotive Task force (IATF) released ‘The Rules for Achieving and Maintaining IATF Recognition - 5th Edition’ in November 2016.

This document details highlights for how both certification bodies and suppliers need to interact to achieve IATF recognition and IATF 16949 certification.

SUMMARY OF SOME OF THE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS

  • OEM customer-specified accessory part suppliers are now eligible for IATF 16949 certification. 

  • A manufacturing site supplying to a customer requiring third party certification to IATF 16949 has to include all automotive customers in the audit scope. 

  • Clients shall submit the number of employees for the site and all associated remote support locations as part of the audit planning. 

  • Eliminated the ability to terminate an audit due to identification of major nonconformities. 

  • Certification Bodies are required to conduct a special onsite verification audit when the decertification (suspension) process has been initiated due to a special status condition from an IATF OEM. 

  • The rules for nonconformity management have been split into five sub-sections, with responsibilities placed on both Certification Bodies and certified organizations.

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