Most of the Automotive OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) require evidence of a quality management system. Whether for SMEs or large corporations, a certificate to IATF 16949 is practically an entry ticket to this globally active industry. Companies certified to IATF 16949 improve the reliability and process-capability throughout the value-chain and help to avoid waste in the supply chain. That is why IATF 16949 is relevant for anybody working in the production or assembly fields of the automotive industry, or who is listed as a potential supplier.
The latest revision did more than simply align the standard with ISO 9001:2015, though; it also added a host of changes specific to automotive manufacturing, including traceability and management of safety-relevant parts.
Some key requirements:
- Safety-relevant parts and processes
- Products with embedded software
- Warranty management including No Trouble Found (NTF) process
- Integration of customer-specific requirements in the QMS scope
- Supplier selection, management and development
- Corporate responsibility policies
- First and second party auditors
- Temporary changes of production process controls