IATF 16949 replaced TS 16949 on the 1st October 2016 as the quality management system standard used for the automotive industry. This article discusses the changes and what steps you should take now to make a smooth transition.
IATF 16949:2016 was published on the 1st October 2016 by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF). The standard replaced the previously used ISO/TS 16949:2009 and all organisations currently certified to ISO/TS16949 have until the 14th September 2018 to successfully complete the transition.
Although it is no longer an ISO standard, IATF 16949 is still to be used in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015 rather than being a completely separate QMS and will align with other management systems standards through the use of the core text familiar with ISO’s Annex SL.
IATF 16949 Transition Guidance
It is advised that you keep up to date with the changes brought in by the release of IATF 16949. One key change is the bringing in of Rules 5th edition which is effective from the 1st January 2017 regardless of whether a client/supplier is certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 or the new IATF 16949:2016 automotive quality management system standard.
Since IATF replaced TS 16949 in October, the IATF have released a PDF document with guidance for those making the transition which you can find here – IATF transition strategy
What were the reasons for the change?
According to The British Standards Institution (BSI) IATF 16949 was brought in to address some recent issues in the automotive industry including the following:
- Requirements for safety-related parts and processes
- Enhanced product traceability requirements to support latest regulatory changes
- Requirements for products with embedded software
- Warranty management process including addressing NTF (no trouble found) and use of automotive industry guidance
- Clarification of sub-tier supplier management and development requirements
- Addition of corporate responsibility requirements
IATF 16949 replaced TS 16949, what do I do now?
If you need help with the transition WRK Training can help. We have developed a 1 day IATF 16949 transition course aimed at those with an existing knowledge of ISO/TS 16949 who want to understand what changes have been made to the quality management system standard and how these can be implemented into your organisation. Our IATF 16949 transition course is available at venues in Warrington, Birmingham, Sunderland, Bristol and Reading.
We also offer in-house training should you wish to train a group on the transition. To receive a free quote today simply complete our in-house training quote request form.