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ISO/TS 16949 and IATF 16949

ISO/TS 16949 and IATF 16949

Current notice regarding the validity period of the ISO/TS Certificates

On 09/15/2015, the new version of ISO 9001:2015 was published. This publication date also had an impacted the ISO/TS certificate validity period. All ISO/TS certificates must indicate a maximum period of validity lasting until 09/14/2018. Therefore, all certificates issued after 09/14/2015 must be corrected in this respect. We ask for your understanding in case we also need to adjust your certificate accordingly.

In case you have further questions, our experts are on hand for you at any time. Feel free to contact us!

ISO/TS 16949 becomes IATF 16949

In October, the new standard “IATF 16949:2016” was published. The first edition of the IATF 16949 replaces and overrides ISO/TS 16949:2009. In this revision, adjustment has also been made to align with the latest version of the quality management ISO 9001:2015 standard. The corresponding “Rules for achieving and maintaining IATF recognition IATF 16949” is expected to be published in November 2016. We provide you with detailed information regarding IATF 16949 here in the section labeled “Additional Information” and in our “ IATF 16949 - Changes and Implications ” leaflet.

Even before this revision took effect, adjustments affecting so-called extended production sites had been made to the current certification. Since 04/01/2016, it is once again possible to certify all connected sites with a single certification.

IATF 16949: Established quality management in the automotive industry

Innovation, premium quality and the highest standards across the entire supply chain are crucial for success in the international automotive industry. A certified management system in accordance with IATF 16949 is a ticket to new markets and customers. The ISO/TS 16949 in its still up-to-date version has been valid since June 15, 2009, and is now regarded as the world’s foremost quality standard for the automotive industry. It brings together a number of quality standards for car manufacturers and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) in one certification process. This will continue to apply to its successor, the IATF 16949.

Standards that prevailed before 1999, such as QS 9000 and VDA 6.x, have been largely replaced by ISO/TS 16949 and then by IATF 16949. As an automotive supplier, IATF 16949 will help you make continuous improvements to your system and process quality and place customer-specific requirements at the heart of what you do.

The benefits of IATF 16949 certification for you

With IATF 16949 certification by TÜV Rheinland you will:

  • establish a set of internationally recognized rules and avoid expensive multiple certifications.
  • consistently follow-up on errors and increase the confidence and the security of your customers and partners.
  • optimize your product and process quality and boost your chances on international markets.
  • be able to use previously unavailable resources for other quality-related tasks.
  • document your performance in a globally credible way.
  • do the groundwork for meaningful combination audits , for instance, combination with ISO 14001 .
  • reduce costs thanks to the standard’s focus on prevention and planning.

Our experts will be more than happy to assist you should you have questions or require any further information on ISO/TS 16949 and IATF 16949 certification.

Stages of your IATF 16949 certification

1. The preliminary audit (optional)
Preliminary audits offer the best possible preparation for the subsequent certification audit. Customers get to know their strengths and weaknesses at an early stage and can prepare specifically for ISO/TS 16949 certification. In the preliminary audit, our auditors conduct an assessment to determine the extent to which the processes already meet the requirements of the standard. A preliminary audit provides extra security particularly with IATF 16949 certification, in which the second stage of the certification audit may only be conducted if no significant problems were detected in the first stage (so-called readiness assessment).

2. Certification audit
The audit team checks whether the documentation meets the requirements of the standard (stage 1). Our customers demonstrate the practical application of their management system in accordance with IATF 16949 (stage 2). Our auditors evaluate the effectiveness of the measures.

3. Issuing the certificate
Once all the criteria are met, the company receives the ISO/TS 16949 certificate, which certifies compliance with the specification and the reliability of the management system. In addition, your company will be recorded in our online “ Certipedia ” certificate database.

4. Monitoring audits
Our annual monitoring audits support your organization in the continuous optimization of its processes.

5. Certification renewal
With recertification after three years, organizations continue their improvement process on a permanent basis and document the successful deployment of their management system in accordance with IATF 16949 for partners and customers alike.

Transitional phase: Transitioning from the ISO/TS 16949:2009 to the IATF 16949:2016

With the publication of IATF 16949 in October, the quality standard in the automotive industry is adjusting itself to match the ISO 9001 quality management standard.

The aim of the IATF 16949 standard is to effectively improve the quality of systems and processes within the automotive industry. The continual improvement process aims to increase customer satisfaction, identify errors and risks in the production process and supply chain, eliminate their causes and check affected corrective and preventive measures to ensure their effectiveness.

Time frames for the transition to IATF 16949

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) published, the “ Transition Strategy ” defining the transitional phase of switching from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949:2016.

This strategy stipulates various time frames within the transitional phase. For example, audits may no longer be performed in accordance with ISO/TS 16949:2009 after 10/01/2017. Furthermore, transition audits conducted for the switch to the revised version may not take place outside the regular certification cycle and must be conducted at the time of a regular or monitoring audit. The temporal scope of a transition audit should correspond to that of a recertification audit.

TÜV Rheinland recommends transitioning to IATF 16949 as of April 01, 2017 (see timeline). From this point in time, we will provide you support to smoothly conduct your transition to the new IATF 16949. All certificates in accordance with ISO/TS 16949 that have not been modified to the revision by 09/14/2018 will then be invalid.

Further information about IATF 16949 certification

To give you an impression of the work carried out by TÜV Rheinland, we offer further information in the form of references, brochures and information sheets.

pdf Reference Case: ISO/TS 16949 at Daimler 277 KB Download
pdf Reference Case: ISO/TS 16949 at Böllhoff 282 KB Download
pdf Reference Case: ISO/TS 16949 at Hella 267 KB Download
pdf IATF 16949 - Changes and Implications 432 KB Download

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