What is IATF 16949?

A new version of ISO/TS 16949 was published in 2016, it is called IATF 16949.

IATF 16949 is an internationally recognized quality management standard for automotive industry . It utilizes the process improvement techniques which significantly enhances the quality of the organization’s mechanism. It is built on the foundation of ISO 9001 which aims to be helpful in doing continuous improvement, avoid defects and help minimizing rework due to product flaws, waste reduction, high tech embedment of software and ensured product safety.

It is designed to be used in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015 and contains supplemental requirements specific to the automotive industry rather than being a standalone quality management system. 

Why is IATF 16949 important?

IATF 16949 is highly relevant to all types of automotive industries whether it is small manufacturer or top notch multinational automotive manufacturer. Mitigation of potential risks and hazards along with development of risk-based thinking approach, better integration with other management systems and ISO Standards and exhibition of human and machine safety, results reliability and accuracy and top-notch trace-ability of results is ensured when one implements the updated version of ISO/TS standard.

Why is IATF 16949 important?

An automotive Quality Management System complying with the international standard IATF 16949 would increase your company’s worth manifolds. Some notable benefits of IATF 16949 certification are as follows:

  • Developing consistent and adequate processes
  • Building customer’s trust by delivering satisfying services
  • Clearing IATF 16949 certification process will prove to be positively beneficial and profitable in terms of the financial health of your organization.
  • Once the company gets IATF 16949 certified, it will not only ensure consistent performance but also lay the groundwork for rightful improvements along the way.
  • OEM in automotive sector will be more inclined in offering their services once you get certified with new version of IATF
  • IATF 16949 helps to facilitate continuous improvement and its embedment in the current management system of your organization. Moreover, the newer version of the standard makes monitoring and improvement of the process more visible to the management.
  • Getting internal processes more efficient makes employees’ engagement to the utmost levels making them feel more motivated with IATF 16949.

Adherence to appropriate automotive quality management principles will aid your organization in achieving business objectives and goals, whereas poorly designed automotive quality management system might result in huge overall deterioration of your company’s structure.