ISO/TS 16949:2016 – Automotive Quality

Based on changes in Quality Management System, following development is done for IATF 16949:

  • Revision work started in December 2014 and was completed in August 2016
  • Team for revision work is consisted of 17 global partners from 14 organizations (IATF OEMs, IATF Global Oversight Offices, and others)

IATF 16949 is aligned with recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015. IATF 16949 is not a standalone quality management standard, but is implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015. This means that an organization in the automotive sector seeking IATF 16949 Certification must also comply with ISO 9001:2015.


ISO reviewed the standards at every five years to determine what changes are required to keep the standards up-to-date and relevant to the business needs and expectations of the customers as per new demands. Therefore, new standard comes in picture, ISO 9001:2015, that provides better meets customer requirements, adapts to new technologies, better integrates with complex supply chains, and addresses the need for more sustainable development initiatives. It comes with better understanding of the organization’s context and relevant interested parties, and by taking appropriate actions to address risks and opportunities at every level.

IATF 16949 fully aware and supports these changes in ISO 9001:2015 with additional requirements that better meet automotive industry needs. Alignment with the ISO 9001:2015 structure makes it easier for organizations that need to implement more than one quality management system standard. If IATF 16949 is implemented and properly managed, an organization will:

  • Receive recognition from regulatory authorities
  • Produce safer and more reliable products
  • Meet or exceed customer requirements
  • Improve processes and documentation system


For transitioning from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949, the organization’s must transition to the new standard through a transition audit in line with the organization’s current regularly scheduled re-certification audit or surveillance audit, as defined in the IATF Rules, section 5.1.1.

For organizations currently certified to ISO/TS 16949, here is a recommended action plan for transitioning:

  • Understand ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949 requirements.
  • Perform gap analysis against ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949 to identify the differences that need to be addressed to ensure your organization’s QMS meets all the new requirements, including those related to external providers.
  • Develop an implementation plan, based on the results of the gap analysis in your organization.
  • Provide appropriate training for all individuals involved in implementing ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949 at your organization.
  • Update your existing system and provide evidence that your organization meets the new requirements.


A quality standard resulting from the harmonization of European and North American standards.

ISO/TS 16949 certification is recognized by constructors and manufacturers throughout the world.

It allows you to comply with ISO 9001:2000 requirements combined with specific requirements for those involved in the pharmaceutical industry

ISO/TS 16949:2016 (TS = Technical Specification) combines the automotive industry’s which specifies the requirements placed on QM systems for the design, manufacturing and, where applicable, installation and maintenance of automotive products. It applies to products or production material at all sites where manufacturers, or their suppliers, produce products or services, or for services such as heat treatment, coating, galvanizing or other surface treatments or other services specified by the customer.


ISO/TS 16949 certification, recognized by constructors and manufacturers throughout the world, is a confirmed competitive asset. It gives you access to new markets and allows you to anticipate changes in their requirements.

It is a commercial boost confirming your efficiency and guaranteeing the quality of your processes and their development. It is proof to your customers that your quality system conforms to their specific requirements putting your dealings with them on a sound and clearly defined basis.

It displays an image of competence and thoroughness based on a demanding and widely recognized standard; the public image of the AFAQ mark will give added value to your efforts in your market.

ISO/TS 16949:2016 For Whom

For all direct and indirect suppliers of the automotive industry as well as for all organizations wanting to strategically advance their QM system.

Organizations aiming to satisfy basic expectations of automobile manufacturers,

Organizations aiming of achieve customer satisfaction – right through to the user of vehicle.

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