IATF 16949:2016


Work with BQS to develop an enhanced automotive quality management system and become certified against the requirements of IATF 16949:2016.

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which helps the global automotive industry to develop quality products, released the first edition of IATF 16949 in October 2016. Setting the standard for an enhanced quality management system (QMS) in the automotive sector, IATF 16949:2016 replaces the outdated ISO/TS 16949.

IATF 16949:2016 focuses on QMS requirements for organisations involved with automotive production, services or accessories. The updated international standard provides comprehensive and applicable customer-specific requirements and tools for the automotive industry. It is congruent with ISO 9001:2015 in terms of framework, structure and requirements.

Why is IATF 16949 a good idea for your organisation?

The benefits of IATF 16949 cannot be over-stressed, companies large and small have gained great benefits from using the standard by discovering cost and efficiency savings. Some of the other benefits are listed below.

Credibility and image

IATF 16949 is an internationally recognised standard; it has become the basis for creating a Quality Management System (QMS) around the world and has replaced many previously published requirements. When a customer is looking for a supplier the requirement to have a QMS based on IATF 16949 is often a major consideration if you are competing for work in the automotive industry.

Credibility to supply the automotive industry

This can be one of the main drives for companies to become registered to IATF 16949. In order to get large customers from the automotive industry, organisations need to demonstrate their ability to provide quality products with no defects.


One of the 7 quality management principles subscribed to by IATF 16949 is to improve customer satisfaction by planning for and striving to meet customer expectations. This can be achieved by improving customer satisfaction which will result in customer retention and repeat business. Happy and satisfied customers are the key to keeping customer loyal.

Process approach

Through looking at the process sequence and interactions using the process approach of IATF 16949 organisations will be able to identify improvements in efficiency and drive cost savings. Again, the elimination of waste throughout the supply chain that occurs is one of the fundamental goals of IATF 16949.

Decision making

Another quality management principle of IATF 16949 is the use of evidence-based decision making. By driving your decisions based on factual data, organisations will focus on placing resources in the areas that will give maximum improvement in efficiency and effectiveness. In addition monitoring the process organisations will be able to measure improvement based on actual data.

Continual improvement

Continual improvement is another quality management principle of IATF 16949. By improving your processes, organisational output efficiencies and cost savings, can be then a measurable benefit. By making continual improvements, year on year, companies can see continuing benefits.

Employee motivation and empowerment

If employees are involved in the improvements of the processes they become more engaged. Who is better placed than the people working within the processes to identify the areas of improvement. Engaged employees are more productive and will help the company improve and save, especially if they understand how the quality of the process depends on them and the impact it can have on the customer.


Organisations adapting to IATF 16949 could benefit from corporate audit scheme certification, which is allowed under the new standard and can be applied where multiple manufacturing sites can be audited collectively. A corporate audit scheme enables a QMS to be centrally structured and managed via regular internal audits at all sites. Moving to a corporate audit system will simplify the documentation and audit process, enable auditing to be conducted more efficiently and reduce the cost and amount of time spent auditing each site during the three-year audit cycle.


IATF 16949 certification will help your organisation to ensure:

Consistency in the quality of products and services
Reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain
Prevention of defects

By implementing IATF 16949:2016, you will demonstrate that your organisation meets the highest standards for quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in automotive production and service. Certification will allow you to enable continual improvement while maintaining a competitive edge.


Our global network of expert quality management professionals can guide you through the IATF 16949:2016 certification process with training, pre-audits and certification audits.

We offer a variety of training solutions to help you understand the requirements of IATF 16949:2016, Annex SL, risk-based thinking and empowering leadership.

Contact us to learn more about IATF 16949:2016 certification.

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