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IATF 16949: 2016 Quality Management System Requirements

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 is one of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards for quality management. The latest version of published in 2016 was developed with a groundbreaking level of industry feedback and engagement, making this quality management standard top notch and tailored specifically for this industry.

IATF 16949 is based off of ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS). It is designed to be used in conjunction with ISO 9001, as the requirements are the same with additional supplemental requirements specifically for the automotive industry.

IATF 16949 requirements are broken down into ten sections, the first three being introductory and the last seven requirements being requirements to implement the QMS.

Here we have broken down the requirements for IATF 16949 based on ISO 9001 with the additional requirements for 16949. To be successful and become certified the organization must meet all requirements in sections 4-10 (also referred to as clauses).

 

Section 0: Introduction
This section introduces the purpose, principles and key concepts of the standard, including risk-based thinking and the process approach. <IATF 16949 Introduction>
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. <ISO 16969 Explained>
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.  Supporting Standards>
Section 3: Terms and Definitions
Terminology used throughout this standard comes directly from IATF 16949 2016, Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary. <IATF 16949  Explained>
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. <IATF 16949 Context>
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. <IATF 16949 Leadership>
Section 6: Planning
Organizational Quality Management System Planning to address organizational risks, opportunities, changes and quality objectives. <IATF 16949  Planning>
Section 7: Support
Provide resource needs, ensure employees are competent and aware, and include documented information to support your quality management system. <IATF 16949 Support>
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). <IATF 16949 Operation>
Section 9: Performance Evaluation
Monitor, measure, analyze, and evaluate your quality management system. <IATF 16949 Performance Evaluation>
Section 10: Improvement
Select opportunities for improvement, take action against nonconformities, implement corrective actions as necessary, and continually improve your quality management system. <IATF 16949  Improvement>