IATF 16949Who are the IATF?

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is a group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations, formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide.

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What is IATF 16949?

On the 3rd October 2016, The IATF published the Automotive specific Quality Management System – IATF 16949:2016, which superseded the previous, ISO/TS 16949, version. The document was developed by a collaboration of IATF members and includes additional requirements specific to the unique demands of the automotive sector under one level of certification.

The latest version represents an innovative document with strong customer orientation, based on feedback solicited from certification bodies, auditors, suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

The document is a common automotive quality system requirement based on ISO 9001 and customer specific requirements from within the automotive sector. IATF 16949 emphasises the development of a process-oriented quality management system that provides for: continual improvement, defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste throughout the supply chain by incorporating common automotive and customer-specific requirements.

Benefits of IATF 16949

Why an Automotive Sector Standard?

  • Allows IATF to control the automotive content
  • Allows IATF to track implementation related issues
  • Allows IATF to provide regular implementation support and guidance through sanctioned interpretations and frequently asked questions
  • Allows IATF the ability to release a revised standard to address weakness and new approaches at more regular intervals

Summary of Changes

In addition, the following areas are examples which have been added, enhanced or retained, but is not an exhaustive list:

  • Conformance of products and processes
  • Product Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Risk
  • Contingency plans
  • Competence and training
  • Preventive Action
  • Planning
  • Product Realization
  • Design, including requirements for Embedded Software
  • Supplier development
  • Quality Manual

How can Industry Forum help you with your IATF 16949 Certification?

As an approved training provider for SMMT IATF Oversight, Industry Forum offer a range of services to help your organisation gain their IATF 16949 certification. Our expert practitioners all have hands-on industrial experience with a wealth of expertise in providing on-site training, coaching and implementation support.

Industry Forum offer a range of IATF 16949 services, these include:


Course name Days More information
IATF 16949 Essentials 1 day Find out more
IATF 16949 Management Awareness 1 day Find out more
IATF 16949 Internal Auditor Training 2 days Find out more
IATF 16949 Upgrade Training for 1st and 2nd Party Auditors 2 days Find out more
IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Training 5 days Find out more
TPM for IATF 16949 1 day Find out more

Gap Analysis

Industry Forum can help your organisation with our detailed gap analysis tool. Enquire to find out more about this.


Industry Forum can provide a range of consultancy, coaching and implementation to, not only help you gain your IATF 16949 Certification, but also to help you bring about the intended improvements to your organisation’s manufacturing that the standard sets out to achieve.

We can help you with:

  • Developing your Auditor capabilities
  • Increasing the awareness and capability of your workforce
  • Developing the capabilities of the workforce to implement and use quality management tools and practices

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