IATF 16949:2016

The replacement for the ISO/TS 16949:2009 automotive standard will be IATF 16949:2016, a new standard developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). The expected publication date is October 2016.

IATF has published “Transition Strategy ISO/TS 16949 > IAFT 16949” to provide guidance on the transition from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to the IATF 16949:2016 standard. Certificates to ISO/TS 16949:2009 will no longer be valid after September 14, 2018.

TRANSITION TIMING REQUIREMENTS
After 1 October 2017, no audits (initial, surveillance, recertification, or transfer) can be conducted to ISO/TS 16949:2009.

Organizations certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 must transition to the new IATF 16949 by a transition audit in line with the current audit cycle for ISO/TS 16949:2009 (i.e., at a regularly scheduled recertification audit or surveillance audit).

TRANSITION AUDIT REQUIREMENTS
The transition audit must be a full system audit and the duration of a recertification audit.

An off-site documentation review must be conducted prior to the transition audit. This off-site review must include as a minimum the client’s quality management system documentation (i.e., quality manual and procedures).

If the organization does not provide the required information, the audit plan must include a minimum of 0.5 additional audit days on-site to collect and review the missing information.

All supporting functions on-site or remote must be included in the transition process in line with the current ISO/TS 16949:2009 audit cycle and must be included at the transition audit.

TRANSITION AUDIT TEAM REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION BODIES
A transition audit can only be conducted by qualified 3rd party auditors who have already demonstrated their competence to audit against IATF 16949. Auditors must therefore pass both the IATF 16949 and IATF Rules quizzes in the IATF Auditor Development Process (ADP) system before they are allowed to conduct IATF transition audits and initial certification audits.

INITIAL CERTIFICATION TO IATF 16949
All organizations seeking initial certification can be certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 until October 1, 2017. The ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificate will only be valid until September 14, 2018. After October 1, 2017, the organization can ONLY be audited and certified to IATF 16949.

For more information, see the IATF Press Release and IATF Transition Strategy document.