IATF 16949: 2016 Quality Management System Requirements

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949:2016 requirements for a Quality Management System are broken down here for you to easily understand and put into action. The requirements to be applied to your quality management system (QMS) are covered in sections 4-10. To be successful and become certified, the organization must meet these requirements (also referred to as clauses).

Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements for Sub-Tier Suppliers (MAQMSR) in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015 is an alternative for automotive suppliers who are having a difficult time meeting the requirements of the IATF 16949 quality standard.

Overview of the IATF 16949:2016 Requirements 

Section 0: Introduction
This section introduces the purpose, principles and key concepts of the standard, including risk-based thinking and the process approach.

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Section 1: Scope
This section defines the scope of the IATF 16949 standard. In summary, the scope includes specifying requirements for a QMS of any organization.

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Section 2: Normative References
The supporting standard referenced in ISO 9001:2015 and is indispensable for its application is IATF 16949:2016, which covers terminology and fundamentals. This and other supporting standards make up the 16949 series.

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Section 3: Terms and Definitions
Terminology used throughout this standard comes directly from IATF 16949:2016, Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary.

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Section 4: Context of the Organization
Determine external and internal issues, the needs and expectations of interested parties, quality management system scope and its processes.

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Section 5: Leadership
Top management to demonstrate leadership and commitment, establish and communicate a quality policy, and ensure responsibilities and authorities are assigned, communicated and understood.

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Section 6: Planning
Organizational Quality Management System Planning to address organizational risks, opportunities, changes and quality objectives.

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Section 7: Support
Provide resource needs, ensure employees are competent and aware, and include documented information to support your quality management system.

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Section 8: Operation
Plan and control processes needed to meet the requirements for products and services (Design and development, external providers, production and service provision, release of products and services, nonconforming outputs).

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Section 9: Performance Evaluation
Monitor, measure, analyze, and evaluate your quality management system.

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Section 10: Improvement
Select opportunities for improvement, take action against nonconformities, implement corrective actions as necessary, and continually improve your quality management system.

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