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IATF 16949 2016 Exclusions and Requirements

What requirements can you exclude from your QMS under the new IATF 16949:2016?

To make it easier for organizations to understand the unique requirements of IATF 16949 from ISO 9001, all supplementary requirements for the Automotive Industry (IATF 16949) will be in italics. 

Section 4.3 of ISO 9001 states that where a requirement of this standard can be applied, then it must be applied to the organization. Meaning, that once the scope of the QMS is defined, every requirement must be applied within the boundaries defined by the scope the organization defined.

Section 4.3 and Annex A5, however, also state that any requirement may be excluded if it cannot be applied. The exclusion is justified by showing that compliance would undermine the performance of the product or service.

In addition to requirements defined by ISO 9001 for IATF 16949, there are supplementary requirements specifically for the Automotive industry. 

4.3.1. of IATF 16949 states that supporting factions whether on site or remote, must be included in the scope of the QMS. This comes with the exception as it relates to the product design and development requirements within ISO 9001. Any exclusion must be documented and justified. This does not include manufacturing process design.

4.3.2. All customer-specific requirements must be evaluated and included in the scope of the organization’s QMS.

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