IATF 16949:2016

The IATF (International Automotive Task Force) published the international standard in October 2016; IATF 16949:2016, to replace ISO/TS 16949:2009. This standard defines the requirements for a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry, including automotive production, service and/or accessory parts organisations.
It is now one of the most widely used international standards in the automotive industry, aiming to harmonize the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.
It is aligned with and refers to the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard; ISO 9001:2015 using the structure of Annex SL, the same structure used for ISO 9001:2015:

0.  Introduction

1.  Scope

2.  Normative references

3.  Terms and definitions

4.  Context of the organization

5.  Leadership

6.  Planning

7.  Support

8.  Operation

9.  Performance evaluation

10.  Improvement

The automotive standard Includes requirements for:

  • Safety-related parts and processes
  • Product traceability requirements
  • Products with embedded software
  • Warranty management process addressing no trouble found (NTF)
  • Sub-tier supplier management and development
  • Corporate responsibility requirements

Who are the IATF?

The International  Automotive Task Force is a body made up by the OEM Automotive manufacturers:


  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Fiat Chrysler
  • PSA Peugeot Citroen
  • Renault
  • Daimler
  • BMW
  • Volkswagen
  • Jaguar Land Rover

and National trade organisations (click to follow the link):

Running changes are made to the requirements or expanding the explanation of requirements can be found in the Sanctioned Interpretations and Frequently Asked Questions:

IATF 16949:2016 Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) – International Automotive Task Force (iatfglobaloversight.org)

IATF 16949:2016 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – International Automotive Task Force (iatfglobaloversight.org)

When considering certification to IATF 16949 you will also need to consider the Customer Specific Requirements which are the customer interpretation of or supplemental requirements linked to a specific clause or clauses of IATF 16949:2016. Click on this link to find such requirements:

Customer Specific Requirements – International Automotive Task Force (iatfglobaloversight.org)

Requirements for certification to IATF 16949:2016 are defined in the IATF document “Rules for achieving and maintaining IATF recognition,” released in November 2016.

QUALATIS can assist you through the transition with training, auditing and support.

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