IATF 16949: 2016 Leads to Significant Additional Expense in the Automotive Industry19. January 2018
The System Standard IATF 16949: 2016 was released on October 1, 2016 by the International Automotive Task Force and replaced the previous standard ISO/TS16949.
The quality standard ISO 9001:2015 and IATF16949 regulates the implementation and execution of quality management systems.
IATF16949:2015 can be looked at as a required addition to ISO9001: 2015. The standard covers all processes along the entire value chain and focuses more on areas such as customer orientation, risk analysis, systematic improvement through continuous error prevention, and more emphasis on the responsibility and skills of all employees.
The new Standard IATF16949:2015, unlike the previous standard will make it no longer possible to transfer the responsibility entirely to quality officers. In IATF16949:2015 the quality-relevant matters and responsibilities escalated directly to the management level.
Existing ISO/TS16949 certificates will expire on September 14, 2018. The short time frame and transition period brings increased pressure for the companies to act on the new requirements and implement IATF16949.
This situation is further exacerbated by further certifications such as customer audits or CCC certification audits.
Many companies experience considerable relief with the support of external service providers to minimize their internal workload.