In October the new global IATF 16949:2016 standard replaced ISO/TS 16949:2009 and aligns itself with ISO 9001:2015. The update is to ensure a quality management system is in place that encourages continual development and improves defect prevention in the automotive industry. The new standard has the inclusion of corporate responsibilities, enhanced requirements for the control of externally provided processes and the inclusion of controls for embedded software.
It’s important to note that the 2016 issue is not a standalone standard and must be used in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015. Any organisation wishing to be certified for IATF 16949 will also need to comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
Organisations will need to identify if there are any changes that need to me made to comply with both standards and how they will implement this. Staff will also need to update their skills and knowledge. The timeframe is very short to update to the new standard.
- October 2017 – no further re-certification or surveillance audits will be conducted to ISO/TS 16949:2009
- September 2018 – all ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates will no longer be valid so full transition must be completed before this date.
If you need to update your auditing skills to the new standard the Understanding IATF 16949 could be an option, this will explain the standard and the differences between auditing to ISO 16949:2009 and new IATF 16949:2016 standard. Many organisations choose in-house training which is a very cost effective way to update your teams’ skills and knowledge.