IATF 16949:2016 (replaces ISO/TS 16949:2009) is a standard that establishes the requirements for aQuality Management System (QMS) , specifically for the automotive sector. The ISO/TS 16949 was originally created in 1999 to harmonize different assessment and certification schemes worldwide in the supply chain for the automotive sector.
The primary focus of the IATF 16949 standard is the development of a Quality Management System that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. The standard, combined with applicable Customer-Specific Requirements (CSR’s), define the QMS requirements for automotive production, service and/or accessory parts.
IATF 16949:2016 is an independent QMS standard that is fully aligned with the structure and requirements of ISO 9001:2015. Therefore, the IATF 16949 cannot be implemented alone as a stand-alone document, but must be implemented as a supplement and in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015.
A Quality Management System based on IATF 16949:
- Is a method of defining how an organization can meet the requirements of its customers and other stakeholders
- Promotes the idea of continual improvement
- Requires organizations to define objectives and continually improve their processes in order to reach them
- Emphasizes defect prevention
- Includes specific requirements and core tools from the automotive industry
- Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
- Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)
- Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)
- Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
- Promotes reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain
- Requires documented and implemented corporate responsibility polices