IATF 16949 – Quality Management in Automotive

Recognize expectations – control processes – ensure success

The automotive industry with its global activities stands for excellent process quality, continual improvement, and the power of innovation. IATF 16949 is the Technical Specification for Quality Management Systems applicable to suppliers in this industry sector. It was developed by a joint working group, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), with the objective of improving both the quality capability and the entire certification process throughout the supply chain.

IATF 16949 is based on the process-oriented ISO 9001, which facilitates the integration of other important major management systems such as ISO 14001 for environmental management or BS OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety management. To customers, employees, investors, and the general public, implementation and certification of an (integrated) management system demonstrates the continuous improvement of an organization’s performance in the areas of quality, environmental protection, and workplace safety. In addition, it helps to have an independent Third Party look over the strategies, processes, and results.

Conformity and value generation

The independent and expert assessment of a management system provides top management with assurance that the system conforms to the requirements of the standard. But what is even more important is the insight that is gained from an audit on whether or not the management system is suitable for achieving the desired results. The right certification body will suggest improvements, provide top management with benchmarks, and assist in the decision-making process.

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Benefits for your organization:

A certified management system according to IATF 16949

  • enjoys global acceptance with all major automotive manufacturers,
  • improves your overall competitive ability,
  • ensures uniform performance quality on a global scale,
  • helps to optimize processes and to make them transparent,
  • can be combined with ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 to an integrated management system.

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