What you need to know about IATF 16949:2016

I take risk in the supply chain very seriously, so if you’re an automotive manufacturer, I want to keep you up to date on upcoming changes. On October 3, 2016, IATF 16949:2016 was released globally. IATF 16949:2016 will supersede and replace the current ISO/TS 16949, which defines the requirements of a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry.

According to AIAG, over 66K+ global supplier sites (primarily Tier 1 and 2 suppliers) currently certified to the ISO/TS 16949 quality standard will need to transition to IATF 16949 by September 2018. Non-compliance could result in suspension of a supplier’s quality certification and limit their access to new business opportunities.

Here’s the geographical distribution of the current 66K+ TS/16949 suppliers:

In order to complete this transition, organizations will have to obtain a copy of each of the following:

  • ISO 9001:2015
  • IATF 16949:2016
  • Customer Specific Guidelines (additional quality requirements from the customer)

Automotive suppliers will have to purchase a copy of both ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949. To obtain these documents, organizations can go to www.aiag.org or www.odette.org.

AIAG does a great job of providing an overview for the transition from the older standard to the new, so check out their white paper for more to get up to speed on the current situation. The IATF provides OEM customer specific requirements and through a managed internet community Tier 1 and other supplier quality manuals may be found.

QAD QMS ISO 9001/IATF 16949 Solution Sheet is Available

I recently worked with colleagues on our QMS team to complete the mapping of each of the 160 clauses/sub clauses in ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949 to QAD QMS functionality. By doing this, you can see how QAD QMS can support areas in IATF where you may need assistance. This solution sheet is similar what was developed for MMOG/LE. Download it here.

QAD Automotive Process Maps Now Include IATF 16949

The IATF 16949 solution is now available in the automotive process maps in the QAD 2017 release. In addition to highlighting MMOG/LE as the compliance for delivery, IATF 16949 will be featured as the compliance for quality.

Is your company ready to comply with IATF 16949:2016?

I recently published an article in Compliance Week highlighting the need for risk-based thinking and management in the new era of automotive manufacturing. Read the full story.