IATF 16949 Auditor Competency

IATF 16949:2016, the replacement standard for ISO/TS 16949:2009, includes new competency requirements for internal auditors and second-party auditors.

7.2.3 Internal Auditor Competency
Organizations must maintain a documented process to verify that internal auditors are competent, considering any customer-specific requirements.

A list of qualified internal auditors must be maintained.

Quality management system auditors, manufacturing process auditors, and product auditors must be able to demonstrate the following minimum competencies (understanding of):

a) automotive process approach for auditing, including risk-based thinking;
b) applicable customer-specific requirements;
c) applicable ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 requirements related to the audit scope;
d) applicable core tool requirements related to the audit scope;

e) how to plan, conduct, report, and close out audit findings.

Manufacturing process auditors must demonstrate a technical understanding of the relevant manufacturing processes to be audited, including process risk analysis (e.g., PFMEA) and control plan.

Product auditors must demonstrate competence in understanding product requirements and use of the relevant measuring and test equipment to verify product conformity.

Organizations must retain documented information (records) of the trainer’s competency with the above requirements, as well as, demonstrate maintenance of, and improvement in, internal auditor competence through:

f) executing a minimum number of audits per year, as defined by the organization; and
g) maintaining knowledge of relevant requirements based on:
  • internal changes (e.g., process technology, product technology) and
  • external changes (e.g., ISO 9001, IATF 16949, core tools, and customer specific requirements.
7.2.4 Second-Party Auditor Competency
Organizations must demonstrate the competence of auditors undertaking second-party audits.

The second-party auditors must meet customer-specific requirements for auditor qualification, and demonstrate the minimum following core competencies, including an understanding of:

a) automotive process approach to auditing, including risk-based thinking;
b) applicable customer and organization specific requirements;
c) applicable ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 requirements related to the audit scope;
d) applicable manufacturing processes to be audited, including PFMEA and control plan;
e) applicable core tool requirements related to the audit scope;
f) how to plan, conduct, report, and close out audit findings.

IATF 16949:2016 Requirements and Transition Guidance
The new IATF 16949:2016 replaces ISO/TS 16949:2009. Organizations certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 must transition to IATF 16949:2016 by September 2018, the date that ISO 9001:2015 will be withdrawn.

We have a comprehensive 2.5 day IATF 16949:2016 Requirements and Transition Guidance course that can be taught on-site at your facility.

The course explains the underlying requirements based on ISO 9001:2015 and the additional requirements unique to IATF 16949:2016. To help with the transition, the course highlights all the requirement changes from those in the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949:2009 standards.