The automotive industry with its global activities stands for excellent process quality, continual improvement, and the power of innovation. IATF 16949 is the standard for Automotive Management Systems applicable to suppliers in this industry sector. It was developed by a joint working group, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), with the objective of improving both quality, capability and the entire certification process throughout the supply chain.
Most of the Automotive OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) require evidence of a quality management system. Whether for SMEs or large corporations, a certificate to IATF 16949 is practically an entry ticket to this globally active industry. Companies certified to IATF 16949 improve the reliability and process-capability throughout the value-chain and help to avoid waste throughout the supply chain. That is why IATF 16949 is relevant for anybody working in the production or assembly fields of the automotive industry, or who is listed as a potential supplier.
What is new is that the contents of ISO 9001:2015 are no longer part of IATF 16949:2016. However, since the structure of IATF 16949:2016 is aligned with the High Level Structure of ISO 9001:2015, this facilitates the integration of other important major management systems such as ISO 14001 for environmental management or BS OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety management. To customers, employees, investors, and the general public, implementation and certification of an (integrated) management system demonstrates the continuous improvement of an organization’s performance in the areas of quality, environmental protection, and workplace safety. In addition, it helps to have an independent Third Party look over the strategies, processes, and results.
CONFORMITY AND VALUE GENERATION
The independent and expert assessment of a management system provides top management with assurance that the system conforms to the requirements of the standard. Our auditors identify potential room for improvement and provide guidance for decision-making processes by analyzing all aspects of people, processes and results.
BENEFITS OF A QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ACCORDING TO IATF 16949:2009
• Improved quality
• Improved on-time delivery
• Emphasis on supplier quality improvement
• Reduced variation
• Increased efficiency
• Reduced waste