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Standard for the automotive industry

IATF 16949 is a quality standard in the automotive sector which is recognised the world over, and certification to this standard is becoming an essential basis for supplying individual automotive manufacturers and international markets. A main focus of the standard is continual improvement of system and process quality in the areas of development and production. Within this context, the particular production process and its supply chain are examined so that mistakes and risks can be recognised and eliminated in order to increase customer satisfaction. As the standard is directed towards the entire manufacturing supply chain, certification to IATF 16949 can be used for both automotive manufacturers and for companies producing replacement and series production parts, and also for automotive service providers.

IATF 16949 is replacing ISO TS 16949

This year, IATF 16949 – which was first published in 2016 – will finally replace its well-known predecessor ISO/TS 16949. Following a transition period of 23 months, certificates based on ISO/TS 16949 will finally lose their validity on 14 September 2018. Auditing according to the earlier standard already ceased on 1 October 2017.

IATF 16949 has been brought into line with the quality management standard ISO 9001 and therefore exhibits the uniform High Level Structure, which is intended to make integration between the different management system standards easier. The following areas are affected by the changes:

  • Safety-relevant parts and processes
  • Products with integrated software
  • Warranty management processes (including NTF)
  • Requirements regarding management responsibility
  • Contractor/supplier management and development

The benefits

Certification according to IATF 16949 offers the following benefits:

  • Implementation of an internationally-recognised quality standard
  • International market access with accepted certificate
  • Increased trust for customers and partners

International customer support from TÜV NORD CERT

Our international network of auditors and experts means that we are able to audit our customers throughout the whole world – using an international audit team and also local auditors. We will be very pleased to create a tailormade offer for your organization.

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