…The Next Automotive Quality Standard.
ISO/TS 16949:2009 is about to be replaced. Here are the details you need to know…
What and Why?
In October 2016 a new Technical Specification, IATF 16949:2016, will supersede and replace ISO/TS 16949:2009. Following the 2015 update of ISO 9001, the goal of this Technical Specification is the development of a quality management system that:
- Provides for continual improvement,
- Emphasizes defect prevention,
- Includes specific requirements and tools from automotive industry, and
- Promotes reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.
This International Standard, coupled with applicable customer-specific requirements, will continue to drive the fundamental quality management system requirements for automotive production, service and/or accessory parts organizations.
The development of IATF 16949:2016 included feedback solicited from certification bodies, auditors, suppliers, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and a major goal was to create an innovative document with a strong customer orientation. IATF 16949:2016 also incorporates common automotive customer-specific requirements.
Name and Relationship with ISO 9001:2015
The new technical specification will be titled “IATF 16949:2016”, a departure from the previous “ISO/TS” designation and a clear statement that this is an IATF document…to be published by the IATF. However, the IATF has clearly stated that IATF 16949:2016 will not be a stand-alone QMS and that this document will:
- be aligned with and make reference to ISO 9001:2015, the most recent version of ISO’s QMS;
- fully respect the ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements; and
- be implemented as supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015.
Details of Your Transition Strategy
As part of IATF 16949:2016’s alignment with ISO 9001:2015, the timeline for transition will identical to the timeline laid out for ISO 9001:2015 companies.
Existing TS/ISO 16949:2009 certificates will remain valid through September 14, 2018, at which point they will expire and must be replaced by a new IATF 16949:2016 certificate. This represents a 3-year transition window from the original date of release for ISO 9001:2015 (September 2015).
The exact timing and pathway for transition will depend on an organization’s current certificate date, surveillance audit schedule, and other factors. For more detailed guidance, have a look through the IATF Transition Guidance document that we have linked to at the bottom of this article. And, as always, be sure to start a dialogue with your registrar as early as possible to ensure that you can take advantage of the most efficient and cost-effective transition timeline for your organization. You can formulate a plan from the guidance offered by IATF, but always get confirmation (in writing) from your registrar to avoid surprises later in the process.
IATF 16949:2016 Resources and Reference Material
The following resources and reference material is available on The BRC’s website to BRC Insiders.
IATF 16949:2009 Transition Strategy – This 11 page document from the IATF provides detailed guidance on the transition process, including timing, the audit process, nonconformity management, and more.
IATF 16949:2009 Press Release – The IATF’s official press release announcing the upcoming release of IATF 16949:2016 and its relationship with ISO 9001:2015.
IATF 16949:2009 Transition Plan – Released in April 2016, this 11 slide presentation (in PDF format) provides a general overview of the transition timeline and scheduling options.
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