ISO/TS 16949 has established its status as global quality standard in the automotive industry in recent years, largely replacing previously widespread automotive standards such as VDA 6.1, EAQF, AVSQ, QS-9000 etc..
Latest information concerning the transition from ISO/TS 16949 to IATF 16949
ISO/TS 16949 will become IATF 16949
As announced by the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) in August, the new automotive standard, known as IATF 16949, will be published in October 2016.
This announcement, which can be viewed on the IATF website (http://www.iatfglobaloversight.org), included the information that the certification rules for IATF 16949 would be published in November 2016 and presented regulations governing the transition strategy from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949.
The transition phase to IATF 16949 will thus span 23 months from publication of the new standard in October 2016 to the end of the certification validity period on September 14, 2018. Assuming all preconditions are fulfilled (proof of organization’s conformity under IATF 16949, qualification of certification auditors etc.), organizations could begin their transition from October 2016.
To give you a clearer overview of the process, we have summarized the main information on conditions and timeframes for you in our Factsheet.
If you have queries on the subject, please contact IATF16949_Transition@tuev-sued.de
ISO/TS 16949 specifies the requirements of ISO 9001 for automotive production. Born from the need for a globally harmonised quality management system requirements document, ISO/TS 16949 was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the ISO technical committee. This technical specification combines all previous and published national automotive quality standards such as QS-9000, VDA 6.1, EAQF 94 and AVSQ.
Why is it important?
Obtaining the ISO/TS 16949 certification demonstrates that your company has met the quality management system requirements to create a process of continuous improvement with an emphasis on defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. The technical specification is implemented for all branches of manufacturers and suppliers of products or production materials, services such as heat treatment or galvanising, and other products specified by automotive customers such as the constituent parts of vehicles.
Certification to this technical specification is recognised by leading automotive manufacturers and OEMs. Most leading manufacturers will only work with companies that hold ISO/TS 16949 certification, as they insist that suppliers adhere to the strict technical specifications laid out in the standard.
How can we help you?
TÜV SÜD provides the expertise and experience to assess your organisation to the requirements of ISO/ TS 16949 and other industry-accepted standards. Our services help your company to gain the confidence of major suppliers and manufacturers in the automotive industry. In addition to offering comprehensive evaluations and reports, we can provide you with our TÜV SÜD certification marks, which are globally recognised and synonymous with quality and safety.
Our suite of services enables you to establish your company’s conformity to the ISO/TS 16949 technical specification.
As an official contracted IATF Certification Body, we conduct audits according to ISO/TS 16949 certification rules. Our expert auditors are among the most experienced automotive assessors in the industry and can support you in gaining a competitive edge.
Once your company has achieved a positive result in an audit, we will provide an IATF-registered ISO/TS 16949 certificate.
- Entry into IATF Database
As a certified ISO/TS 16949 client, TÜV SÜD will enter your company into the IATF Database. This is used to inform all automotive OEMs that your company has a valid ISO/TS 16949 certification.
TÜV SÜD has over 100 years of experience in automotive solutions, working with top OEMs and suppliers across the entire value chain. Our highly qualified auditors are conveniently available in all key regions across the globe. Your company can take advantage of our many local TÜV SÜD offices for immediate and cost-effective support.
Our certifications are among the most reputed worldwide. We are an official IATF-contracted and registered Certification Body. So by choosing TÜV SÜD, your certification will be instantly recognised by automotive OEMs everywhere.