ISO/TS 16949 is Changing
Developed by the International Automotive Task Force or IATF, an International group of vehicle manufacturers, in collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO/TS 16949 is based on ISO 9001 and serves to specify quality management system requirements for the design and development, production, installation and servicing of automotive related products. In October of 2016, IATF 16949:2016 will be published by the IATF and will supersede ISO/TS 16949. The 2016 standard will be aligned with ISO 9001:2015 in terms of its structure and requirements. IAFT 16949:2016 will not be a stand-alone quality management system, and is intended to be a supplement to, and used in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015.
Further, the Standard continues to include more common Automotive customer specific requirements as prescribed by the individual OEM vehicle manufacturer.
All organizations currently certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 will be required to transition to the new standard by September 14, 2018. After October 1, 2017 there will be no further audits to the prior version and will be to IATF 16949:2016. All transition audits will be a full system audit equivalent to a recertification audit duration, including an offsite documentation review, and will start a new three year cycle. A training package to support organizations’ transition to ISO 16949:2016, including a GAP Analysis, is expected to be provided from IATF/IAOB to certifying bodies by early October.
SAI Global is committed to supporting organizations transitioning to the new standard and will provide further details on the publication of this standard as well as the transition requirements as they become available.