IATF 16949 Quality Management System
What is a QMS?
A quality management system (QMS) is a set of policies, processes and procedures, required for planning and execution in the core business area of an organization. Specifically, IATF 16949 is a Quality Management System designed to provide continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the automotive industry supply chain. Some people generically refer to the group of documents as a QMS, but specifically it refers to the entire system, the documents just describe it.
QMS integrate various internal processes within the organization with the goal to provide a process approach for project execution. The QMS is process based which allows the organizations to identify, measure, control and improve the various core business processes. This process ultimately leads to improved business performance.
A complete IATF 16949 Quality Management System must address all the requirements of the IATF 16949, including the IATF 16949 documentation requirements.
The Concept of Quality Management
A Quality Management System in its basic concept is quite simple. It seeks to,
- Recognize interested party requirements including Licenses to Trade, guidelines, customer requirements, and the chosen management system standard(s).
- Ensure that all requirements have been met.
- Confirm that employees receive applicable training in the quality system requirements.
- Determine processes, their interaction, inputs and outputs.
- Produce records or evidence that system requirements have been met.
- Measure, monitor and report the performance of the QMS.
- Plan changes to the QMS and take actions to address risks and opportunities as a result of changes.
- Perform internal audit to analyze the QMS and correct nonconformities.
- Continually improve the QMS.
Products to help You create a Quality Management System
- Our Complete IATF 16949 QMS includes the ISO 9001 Quality Manual, Procedures & Forms
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History about the Automotive Quality Management System Standard
The Automotive Quality Management System Standard, also referred to as the QMS or IATF 16949, defines the fundamental quality management system requirements for automotive production and all relative service parts organizations. This QMS standard cannot be considered alone, but is a supplementary standard used in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015. ISO 9001:2015 is published as a separate ISO standard.
The first edition known as ISO/TS 16949 was created in 1999 by the International Automotive Task Force with the aim of coordinating the different assessment and certification systems globally in the supply chain of the automotive industry. The second addition, created in 2002, to either enhance the automotive sectors or in response to changes of ISO 9001.
The goal of the Automotive QMS standard is to develop a quality management system that provides continual improvement, emphasizes defect prevention and reduces variation and waste in the supply chain.