IATF ISO/TS 16949 (now IATF 16949) Workgroup News

22 November 2016

The IATF 16949 Transition Strategy has been updated to include changes to the audit team requirements. (see page 7 and FAQ 11 on Page 13) in the document below.

IATF Transition Strategy Rev2

3 October 2016

The revised Transition Strategy document incorporates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that were approved by the IATF.  Additionally minor grammatical errors were corrected and 

  • a harmonization of two misleading timing requirements on page 4 and page 10 (concerning the failure to conduct a transition audit to IATF 16949 in-time) was introduced

  • the misunderstanding of the last bullet point on page 4 (concerning the question at what audits a transition audit is permitted) was eliminated

  •  the certification body will be permitted to use one auditor from the transition audit team to participate in the following surveillance audits as audit team member

  •  a clarification was added to clarify that a (new) subsequent audit cycle starts from the last day of the transition audit

IATF 16949 Transition Strategy Rev 1

10 August 2016

Guidance for the transition from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949:2016 is in the following document

IATF 16949 Transition Strategy

9 August 2016

The attached joint press release represents a win-win for IATF and ISO by communicating the IATF decision to publish the IATF 16949 standard as a separate document and maintaining a strong collaborative relationship between ISO and the IATF going forward

IATF Press Release

Additional information about IATF 16949 can be found in the following bulletin

IATF Supplemental Bulletin

16 April 2016

The IATF completed a Stakeholder Conference in Rome, Italy on 12-13 April 2016. The conference was attended by 200 representatives of 44 IATF recognized certification bodies (including auditors), 41 global supplier companies, IATF member organizations, and witness auditors.

The purpose of the conference was to review the 1st revision of the IATF QMS standard and the proposed certification transition plan. The attendees provided valuable feedback on both items. 

In the coming months, the IATF will be reviewing and dispositioning the feedback received from the stakeholders. The next step is to prepare for select pilot gap assessments at supplier sites in all regions. 

Additionally, the IATF will be developing Certification Body auditor training and testing materials to ensure CB auditors are knowledgeable and qualified to begin the transition of certificates to the new standard in early 2017.

By the 3rd quarter 2016 the IATF national associations members will be announcing the availability of supplier training for the IATF QMS standard.

The certification transition plan is available by accessing the link below.


08 February 2016

The IATF has approved the first draft of the new automotive quality standard to include additional stakeholder feedback.  The revision work team is preparing for an April 2016 conference to obtain further stakeholder input.  The IATF intends to release the transition strategy from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to the new automotive quality standard in April 2016.

Pilot gap assessments will be conducted May through June 2016 worldwide.  Feedback from gap assessments will be used to further refine the new automotive quality standard and the associated Rules for achieving and maintaining IATF recognition.  The target date for completion of the new automotive quality standard is December 2016.

Some of the new enhancements to the automotive quality standard to address recent issues in the automotive industry include the following: 

  • Requirements for safety-related parts and processes

  • Enhanced product traceability requirements to support latest regulatory changes

  • Requirements for products with embedded software

  • 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

12 October 2015
The IATF work team has reviewed and dispositioned the responses received from the stakeholder survey (1759 responses received from OEMs, suppliers, CBs, and other stakeholders). An initial committee working draft has been created, which includes input from the stakeholder survey and common OEM customer specific requirements, incorporating the ISO 9001:2015 structure and content as boxed text.

The expiry date of certifications to ISO/TS 16949:2009 issued during the transition period of ISO 9001 needs to correspond to the end of the three-year transition period (14 September 2018) in-line with the expiration date for ISO 9001:2008 certificates, as outlined in the IAF guide ID9.

The IATF is defining a transition strategy from ISO/TS 16949:2009 which will be released at a later date.

24 July 2015
The IATF has completed a stakeholder survey for suggestions related to content changes to the revised IATF standard.  The established work team is now compiling the survey responses and preparing for the build phase of the revision process.  Thank you to those who participated in the survey.

30 Mar 2015
The IATF has completed phase one of the development process and finalized the design specification for the revision of the IATF automotive standard.  Efforts are being undertaken to collect data for analysis and potential inclusion into the revised standard.  A standardized common survey will be administered by the IATF member national associations to stakeholders in the coming months.

16 Feb 2015
The IATF assigned work team will be seeking stakeholder inputs on potential enhancements to the ISO/TS 16949 standard.  Additionally, customer requirements are being analyzed for potential inclusion in the future standard.  Completion of the revised quality management system standard is targeted for Q4 2016.

5 Dec 2014
The IATF has established a work team consisting of IATF member organizations to develop a design specification for the revision of ISO/TS 16949 to align with the ISO 9001:2015 based structure and requirements.