TS Standard Under Revision

As you all are aware, the IATF is working on a revision to the TS standard.  They are working to try and accommodate all stakeholders, which is part of the reason it is taking so long.  They had a draft standard ready when they went to Italy to present it to certification bodies, OEM’s and suppliers on April 12-13, 2016.  They asked for input – and they got it.  There were over a 1000 individual inputs from a variety of stakeholders.  They also had about a dozen pilot audits to the revised standard around the world.  The received input from those, also.  I happened to participate in one of the pilot audits with the IATF in May.

A lot has changed in the automotive world since the last change was made to the standard back in 2009.  There is more scrutiny with regards to safety.  The OEM’s and tier 1’s have encountered penalties and fines for safety lapses.  Think GM’s ignition switch problem or the current Takata air bag issue.  There is more software in the cars than ever before.  Sub-suppliers have become more critical at all levels.  There are new benchmarks to drive improvement across the board.  The new standard will address each of these items.  The theme is much like when the Rules 4 edition came out back in late 2013.  The OEM’s stood up and said, “We think our suppliers are pretty good.  We just want them to all be better.”  The same is true with the new standard.

You will see the new standard aligned with the ISO 9001:2015 clause numbers.  Based on what I have seen in the revision and at the pilot audit, you will also see new things and a much more prescriptive approach.  They have also taken common OEM specific requirements and added those to the standard.  Some highlights from the revised standard in its current form:

All of these may stay in the final version and some may change, but I thought it was important to share the current state.

The IATF did put out a timing update and some of the rules updates for the transition.  These documents can be viewed at http://www.iatfglobaloversight.org/docs/TRANSITION_16949_April_2016.pdf .  Upon successful completion of the transition process the organization shall be issued a new certificate with a three (3) year validity.

Once the standard has been released (expected in October), we will work with you and provide training via webinar and/or regional training events.  There will be quite a compressed timeframe to get every TS client converted to the new standard by Sept. 14, 2018.  The period between July 1, 2017 and July 2018 will be jam packed with recertifications.  This will strain our resources, so please work with your customer service professional to get dates locked in as soon as you can.

ISO/TS 16949: New Rules – Audit Planning

On October 1st 2013, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) published new Certification Rules (4th Edition) for planning and conducting of audits according to ISO/TS 16949. These rules come into effect on April 1st, 2014.

Now that the effective date is upon us, we have summarized one significant change for audit planning, as well as the impact this will have on your organization.

Details – Audit Planning
(according to Rules, 4th edition,  chapter 5.7.1 and 5.7.2)

UL DQS Inc. requires the organization to provide the following information as a basis for audit planning:

The UL DQS Inc. audit team will analyze the required information (see the bullet points above) to determine critical areasG-Class_assembly,_2009_(34) to be prioritized based upon risk to the customer, performance trends, and critical processes.

A summary of the client’s performance for the items provided by the client (see the bullet points above), the result of their analysis, and identified priorities will be recorded and retained as part of the audit records as minimum content. One member of the audit team will develop a process-oriented audit plan for each audit (initial, surveillance, recertification, special, and transfer audits).

An audit plan prepared according to the required information shall:

In creating the process-oriented audit plan, the audit trail shall be scheduled in such a way as to avoid unnecessary duplication of visits to the same process.

If the organization does not provide the required information, the de-certification process shall be initiated.

Please stay tuned for our upcoming webinars in May where we will expand on Audit Planning aspects of TS Rules 4th Edition changes.

Thank you,

UL DQS Inc. Team