The IATF (International Automotive Task Force) has approved the first draft of the new automotive quality standard to include additional stakeholder feedback. The revision work team is preparing for an April 2016 conference to obtain further stakeholder input. The IATF intends to release the transition strategy from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to the new automotive quality standard in April 2016.
Pilot gap assessments will be conducted May through June 2016 worldwide. Feedback from gap assessments will be used to further refine the new automotive quality standard and the associated Rules for achieving and maintaining IATF recognition. The target date for completion of the new automotive quality standard is December 2016.
Some of the new enhancements to the automotive quality standard to address recent issues in the automotive industry include 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
From April 1, 2016, onward, certification of manufacturing sites according to ISO/TS 16949 with site extensions ("extended workbench") according to "SI 13" will again be possible. This revokes the IATF's decision of 2014 according to which site extensions had to be certified as separate sites. However, the IATF also specifies more precise criteria for the application of this certification option.
For more information on the precise criteria of certification of manufacturing sites with site extensions, please click here [ PDF 1816 kB ] to access IATF’s presentation.
For a brief summary of the criteria for application of this certification option and to check if your organisation meets the criteria, please refer to our factsheet attached. To access the factsheet, please click here [ PDF 1618 kB ].
Should you decide to embark on this certification option, a new quotation and certification contract will be prepared for you. Based on the information submitted by you, we will then need to decide whether the criteria for this option are fulfilled. The evidence underlying the decision must be documented by us and provided to IATF on request. The structure will also be mapped in the IATF database.