IATF 16949 - Automotive quality management system

IATF 16949 - Automotive quality management system

What is the automotive quality management system?

IATF 16949:2016 (replaces ISO/TS 16949:2009) is a standard of requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS), specifically for the automotive sector. Organizations who want to take part in automotive components supply chain or become an automotive manufacturing and outsourcing company, have to apply and sustain a quality management system that adheres IATF 16949:2016 standard.

The objectives of IATF:

  • Develop a quality management system towad consistent improvement, emphasize error prevention, reduce the fluctation and waste in supply chain
  • IATF 16949:2016 standard together with specific demands of customer have formed the fundamental requirements of quality management system for organizations that want to apply this standard.
  • This technical standard eliminates overlapping evaluations and gives general approach in setting up quality management system for automotive industry and providing automotive products.                  

This standard is applied to manufacturing organizations who provides: parts or materials, heat treatment, painting, plating or surface treatment services, or other products specified by customers. In principle, this standard is applicable to all "on car - on road" parts (on car - on road).                    

The benefits when applying IATF 16949

  • Keep the quality of products and services always stable                    
  • Guaranteed quality of the product and meets safety requirements
  • IATF 16949 create an approach to the overall quality management system in the supply chain (including suppliers and subcontractors) and applies best practices.        
  • Create a competitive advantage, promoting the brandname                    
  • Save costs, increase sales and profits.                    
  • Reduce risks and improve labor productivity.                    
  • Focus on continuous improvement, prevent errors, minimize waste in production / business activities such as transportation costs, storage or rework.                  
  • No NGs are made, do the right things from the beginning by setting up goals, plans, costs, quality or delivery schedule.