The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) Lays Out Priorities for ISO/TS 16949 Transition

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August 03, 2016

Cherie Reiche of the International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB), one of five Global Oversight Offices of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), spoke to attendees at the Smithers Quality Assessment (SQA) 4th Annual Client Event about the strategies and concerns driving the ISO/TS 16949 transition.


Reiche explained the goals of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which is the recognizing body for 16949 accreditation, as it revises its ISO/TS 16949 transition plan. The IATF is primarily concerned with strengthening the value and credibility of automotive quality management systems. In order to provide more value and credibility for OEMs and suppliers to achieve certification, the IATF is also improving the alignment between supplier performance and certification.

“OEMs are focused on raising the bar regarding expectations for audits to reflect systemic weaknesses that affect supplier performance,” said Reiche. “The ultimate goal is to prevent problems in the supply chain before they occur. This focus will better serve OEMs, suppliers, and clients going forward.”


Reiche also went on to explain that corrective action is the top major nonconformity and a top ten minor nonconformity as well. This indicates there is plenty of room for improvement in this category in a new revision of ISO/TS 16949.


Though the transition plan was rolled out in Rome this April, the IATF is still in the midst of further revising the plan based on OEM, certification body, and supplier inputs received. The plan should be re-published in the coming months, giving suppliers approximately two years before certification lapses to the existing ISO/TS 16949 standard in mid-September 2018.


Suppliers will have to wait for the specific details of the new automotive QMS (quality management system) to be released, but in the meantime Reiche recommended that following the ISO 9001:2015 certification track will provide good preparation as those requirements must be met for certification to the new automotive QMS.


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