The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) recently announced that it will soon publish a new international standard, IATF 16949:2016, defining the requirements for a quality management system (QMS) for organizations in the automotive industry, including automotive production, service and/or accessory parts organizations. This standard will replaceISO/TS 16949:2009 and will be aligned with, and refer to, the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015.

ISO/TS 16949 was developed in 1999 by the IATF in conjunction with the ISO quality management technical committee ISO/TC 176. It is now one of the most widely used international standards in the automotive industry, aiming to harmonize the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.

According to an ISO/IATF press release, IATF 16949:2016 will “fully respect ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements” and is not a stand-alone QMS, but is to be implemented with ISO 9001:2015. IATF is ensuring continued alignment with ISO 9001 by maintaining strong cooperation with ISO through participation in ISO/TC176.

The goal of the standard is the development of a QMS that:

  • Provides for continual improvement
  • Emphasizes defect prevention
  • Includes specific requirements and tools from the automotive industry
  • Promotes the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain

Feedback from certification bodies, auditors, suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) was considered during development of the standard, to make it an innovative and customer-oriented document. Common automotive customer-specific requirements were also incorporated.

Requirements for certification to IATF 16949:2016 will be defined in a new revision of the IATF document “Rules for achieving and maintaining IATF recognition,” scheduled for release in November 2016. Guidance for the transition from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949:2016 was released by the IATF on August 10 and can be downloaded here.

NSF-ISR will be here to assist you through the transition, providing more information as it becomes available. Next steps for current TS registrants include gaining familiarity with the new ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements as this will be contained within the TS requirements. Any knowledge gained through this process will be utilized during the TS transition. NSF-ISR has created several tools to assist clients in understanding the structural changes for migrating from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. These resources include a transition guide, readiness assessment, on-demand webinars and an upgrade planner and delta checklist. The latest information on ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 can be found at