IATF Rules 5th Edition Change | ISO Updates | NQA

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


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.


  • 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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