IATF 16949 Revision

IATF 16949 available for purchasing; deadline for transition is 14 September 2018

IATF 16949 was published on October 3, 2016. From now on, organizations will need to adjust to the new requirements and start on their implementation.

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) further confirmed September 14th, 2018 as the deadline for transition to the new standard in accordance with the new ISO 9001:2015. This implies that by that date at the latest, all ISO/TS 16949 certificates shall have been transferred to the new standard.

Based on this and with respect to the tight timeline, we would like to give you some additional information regarding the transition process as defined by IATF.

Transition Process

The Transition Process includes the following steps:

  • Document review (off or on-site)
  • Transition audit
  • Nonconformity management
  • Certificate decision
  • Certificate issuance

Time of Transition

Voluntary transition may be scheduled at the next planned surveillance or recertification audit any time between 1 January and 30 September 2017. Starting 1 October 2017, all audits shall be conducted to IATF 16949.

Audit Duration

According to IATF, the transition audit shall be the duration of a re-certification audit as given in IATF Rules, Table 5.2. If document review has to be conducted on-site due to documentation not being submitted in advance, an additional 0.5 days minimum will be carried out prior to the preliminary meeting.

Main Content Changes

In addition to ISO 9001:2015, we expect the following new/changed requirements:

  • Requirements for safety-related parts and processes
  • Enhanced product traceability requirements to support latest regulatory changes
  • Requirements for products with embedded software (Automotive Spice)
  • Warranty management process including addressing NTF (no trouble found) and use of automotive industry guidance
  • Clarification of sub-tier supplier management and development requirements
  • Addition of corporate responsibility requirements

DQS Recommendation for Transition

Even though the deadline is September 14, 2018, the Transition Audit should be finished by June, 2018, in order to allow the passing of a certification decision as well as issuance of the new certificate well before the current certificate expires.

Keeping in mind the short timeline, DQS recommends any organization currently certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 and needing to transition to define their own schedule for the Transition Audit by the end of December 2016 already. This will give you ample time to clarify the amount of additional on-site audit time based on know-how, experience and size of your organization, supporting functions on-site or remote) as well as the complexity of processes and existence of a corporate scheme.