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Be Prepared for the IATF 16949 Transition


You have a great management staff committed to the highest quality standards, but September 2018 isn’t that far away. Is everyone on your team ready for the IATF 16949 transition?

If not, we can help.

AIAG’s Free IATF Whitepaper Can Guide You

AIAG, in partnership with Plexus International, has put together a free 16949 transition whitepaper that details the steps for a smooth transition from the old ISO/TS 16949 to the new IATF 16949.

IATF 16949 Supersedes ISO/TS 16949

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) published a revised automotive industry standard in October called the IATF 16949. This new standard supersedes and replaces the current ISO/TS 16949:2009 as the IATF redefines the automotive industry’s quality management standard.

Some of the changes include language on corporate ethics. Certified organizations must employ basic corporate responsibilities such as employee codes of conduct, a whistle-blower policy, and an anti-bribery policy.

By late 2018, more than 65,000 supplier sites certified to the current quality standard (mostly Tier One and Tier Two manufacturers of direct parts) have to be audited in person and receive recertification by an IATF-approved, third-party certification body. Any supplier found to be in noncompliance could see its quality certification suspended, limiting the company’s access to new business opportunities.

AIAG’s IATF 16949 Transition Whitepaper will provide:

  • Transition guidance.

Access a list of suggestions like one that recommends an organization perform a gap analysis company-wide against ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949. This analysis can uncover the differences that will need to be considered in order to make sure the company’s QMS meets all new requirements (including those that are related to external providers).

  • A timeline for the transition.

The whitepaper goes over the complete transition timeframe. From the publication of ISO 9001:2015 in September 2015, to the requirement that auditors need to be registered by June 2017. It also includes the September 2018 deadline for the completion of the IATF 16949 transition.

  • Explains the new high level structure.

ISO 9001:2015 switches from eight clauses to 10, allowing the standard to align better with a business’ strategic direction. It also is becoming more compatible with other management system standards.

  • Previews some of IATF 16949’s changes.

For example, IATF 16949 doesn’t contain the ISO 9001;2015 text: it contains only the additional requirements that are automotive specific. In addition, organizations must still comply with ISO 9001:2015, and IATF 16949 makes clear that it’s to be used as a supplement in conjunction with ISO 9001: 2015.

AIAG’s IATF 16949 Transition Information and Training Courses

We offer several free downloads to help you in your IATF 16949 transition work, including our latest whitepaper as well as an IATF Transition document that also helps to explain the IATF 16949 transition more in depth.

Transitioning to IATF 16949? Use our free tool to perform an organizational gap analysis against IATF 16949 to identify differences that need to be addressed to ensure your organization's QMS meets all the new requirements.

You also may want to check out our IATF 16949 training courses, which include instruction for automotive auditors, understanding internal quality auditing, lead auditor training, and more.

Contact us for more information on how AIAG’s products and training can help you in the IATF 16949 transition.

IATF 16949 Transition Whitepaper