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What is IATF 16949?

IATF 16949 is one of the automotive industry’s largest international standards for quality management. IATF 16949: 2016 is the newly evolved standard from ISO/TS 16949:2009, developed by the International Automotive Task Force, with support from AIAG. IATF 16949  focuses on continuous improvement, defect prevention and reducing waste. This standard requires certification.

IATF 16949 is an internationally recognized Quality Management System. You may want to read:

IATF 16949 Certified” means an organization has met the requirements in IATF 16949. It defines a Quality Management System (QMS). IATF 16949 is focused on meeting customer expectations and delivering customer satisfaction.

Why IATF 16949 and not just ISO 16949?

IATF 16949 was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF).  IATF 16949:2016 is an innovative document designed by IATF. It provides strong preference to the customer, with inclusion of a number of consolidated previous customer specific requirements. The IATF maintains strong cooperation with ISO by continuing liaison committee status ensuring continued alignment with ISO 9001.

Why do companies want to Implement IATF 16949?

Registration to IATF 16949 is not only beneficial but a requirement for any company wanting to supply its products to the Automotive Industry. Companies registered to this Technical Specification are required to develop their suppliers’ Quality Management Systems with the goal of the supplier conforming to IATF 16949.


Past (Obsolete) versions of IATF 16949 Standards include: