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Have you ever wanted to give the authors of ISO/TS16949 a piece of your mind? Well now you can!

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The members of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) are the authors of ISO/TS16949. The IATF has announced that they have begun the task of revising the automotive industry’s quality management system (QMS) standard to align with the High Level Structure of FDIS ISO9001:2015.

The IATF wants a piece of your mind! The IATF is seeking stakeholder input on potential revisions to the automotive specific requirements in ISO/TS16949. To obtain this input, a standardized stakeholder survey has been released by the five national association members of the IATF – AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.) and VDA (Germany).  The IATF is sponsoring this survey in order to obtain input from the stakeholders on the effectiveness of the existing Technical Specification (ISO/TS16949) and certification/audit process, as defined in Rules for Achieving and Maintaining IATF Recognition, 4th Edition.

The IATF is requesting that each stakeholder organization (whether OEM, supplier of any tier, or CB) provide a single response to this survey. Please complete all parts of Section I and Section II of the survey. In Section III, it is not necessary to provide input on every clause. You are encouraged to provide input on any clause where you have identified opportunities for improvement. For each response in Section III, it is necessary to complete all three columns (restatement of the current requirement, identified issue with the current requirement, and proposal for new wording for the requirement) for the input to be considered in the analysis. The survey will be open from June 1, 2015 to July 10th, 2015. Only responses received during this period will be included in the analysis. The survey is available at the following link: http://aiag.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/aiag-surveys/iaob-iso-ts-revision/  

This survey is a very important opportunity to improve the future QMS standard for the automotive industry. Please do all you can to promote participation from your company. Your responses to this survey will identify key opportunities for improvement in the ISO/TS16949 requirements and in the ISO/TS audit process to the IATF.  The best result can only be achieved if as many automotive industry stakeholder organizations as possible complete the survey.

Thank you for your consideration and participation in this important endeavor.