IATF 16949 is based on the internationally recognized quality management system standard, ISO 9001, and promotes continual business improvement by emphasizing defect prevention and reducing variation and waste in the supply chain.
Purpose of IATF 16949
Management of environmental issues for an organization considering the interested parties concern is the main challenge of the business besides the reducing the direct & indirect impact on environment. Achieving environmental performance with improvement is demanded by the regulatory bodies, customers and other stack holders due to increased concerned along with environmental compliance.
Certification to IATF 16949 is often a requirement for doing business internationally in the automotive sector - not only does it help open up global business opportunities, but is now considered a robust management tool to help organizations within the industry grow, compete and succeed.
How can IATF 16949 help your business?
The automotive industry has long been one of the most efficient and productive sectors within the global economy as a result of quality management techniques. Whether you're looking to operate internationally or expand locally, certification to the standard provides firm evidence that your management system meets the exact requirements of the automotive sector. IATF 16949 standard is proven to help deliver tangible commercial improvements such as:
- Enhanced corporate reputation - by demonstrating compliance with industry and legal requirements.
- Improved customer satisfaction - through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements.
- Ability to win more business - via easier access to global markets and new business and investment prospects.
Automotive Management System
In 2016, the IATF published the IATF 16949:2016, which superseded and replaced the ISO/TS 16949.
- Improved operational processes and greater efficiency - through implementation of a single management system and reduced audit requirements.
- Improved risk management - through greater consistency and traceability of products and services.
Shaping IATF 16949:2016 to fit the needs of your business
IATF 16949:2016 is used by automotive companies of all types and sizes. Dynamic Strategies¢ī recognizes however that each organization will take a different approach when it comes to quality management. Introducing IATF 16949:016 need not be an expensive process - we'll help you shape a project plan with the systems you already have in place and can also accommodate the requirements of smaller organizations who may have different challenges. An IATF 16949:2016 management system can be integrated with ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management.
Getting started with IATF 16949
IATF 16949 is applicable to any organization regardless of size or geographical location. While the standard sets out a best practice framework for automotive quality management, it is written in a way which gives you flexibility to adapt it to meet your individual business objectives
Essentially IATF 16949:2016 requires you to demonstrate that you have a systematic approach to quality management specific to the automotive industry. Once you have put processes and procedures in place to achieve this, the standard then asks you to review and improve your system to ensure on-going best practice and a commitment to continual improvement.
Top management commitment is vital for the system to be introduced successfully. Make sure senior managers are actively responsible, involved, approve resources and agree to the key processes.
Automotive Management System
The IATF 16949 can be applied throughout the supply chain in the automotive industry. Certification takes place on the basis of the certification rules issued by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). The certificate is valid for three years and must be confirmed annually (as a minimum) by an IATF certified auditor (3rd Party Auditor) of an IATF recognized certification body. Re-certification is required at the expiry of the three-year period.
Certification pursuant to ISO/TS 16949 is intended to build up or enforce the confidence of a (potential) customer towards the system and process quality of a (potential) supplier. Today, a supplier without a valid certificate has little chance of supplying a Tier 1 supplier and certainly no chance of supplying a car manufacturer with standard parts.