IATF 16949:2016

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process
  • IATF 16949:2016

IATF 16949:2016 for Automotive Quality Management Systems, in conjunction with ISO 9001, defines the quality system requirements for the design/development, manufacturing, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. IATF 16949:2016 certification is a mandatory industry requirement. It was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to align automotive quality systems throughout the world.

Benefits of Certification

Benefits of IATF 16949:2016 certification include:

  • Improved product and process quality, which can reduce costs
  • Ability to gain supplier of choice status with many of the world's largest automotive manufacturers that require certification to IATF 16949:2016
  • Easier integration into existing quality management programs as IATF 16949:2016 is based on ISO 9001

The NSF-ISR process is about making sure you meet your customer's requirements and conform to the specification. We offer value-added auditing focused on performance. Our approach ensures that our audits bring value to your business and supply chain.

Why Work With NSF?

At NSF-ISR, we know IATF 16949:2016. NSF-ISR is a leader in quality and environmental management systems certifications and one of the largest automotive registrars in North America.

We were among the first to be recognized by the IATF to conduct IATF 16949:2016 audits. We bring real-world knowledge and practical experience to our auditing program. With NSF-ISR you can be assured of thorough, credible and constructive IATF 16949:2016 audits.

Certification Process

The NSF IATF 16949:2016 management systems certification process consists of these steps:

  1. Application and Contract
    Your company submits an application and signs a contract (master agreement).
  2. Audit Team Assignment
    NSF-ISR assigns an auditor team.
  3. Document Review
    We perform a document review (when required) for the management system (MS) and issue a report of conformance or nonconformance.
  4. On-Site Readiness Review (ORR-Stage 1 Audit)
    As the first stage of the certification process, NSF-ISR verifies readiness of the MS to continue with the certification process.
  5. Certification Audit (Stage 2)
    Our audit team conducts an on-site audit to verify conformity to the specified standard.
  6. Independent Review
    A certification board reviewer recommends the final certification/recertification decision.
  7. Notification of Certification
    We notify your organization in writing, issue the certificate and publish the certification in our online listings.
  8. Surveillance Audits
    NSF-ISR performs semiannual or annual audits to verify the MS is being maintained.
  9. Reassessment
    NSF-ISR performs reassessment audits in accordance with requirements.

IATF 16949:2016

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) announced on August 9 that they will publish a new International Standard under the name IATF 16949:2016 to replace ISO/TS 16949:2009 in October 2016. This standard will define the requirements for a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry, including automotive production, service and/or accessory parts organizations. It will be aligned with and refer to the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015.

According to the 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.

Requirements for certification to IATF 16949:2016 were updated to the 5th Edition on November 1, 2016, and are available for purchase from AIAG. Guidance for the transition from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949:2016 was updated for a second time on November 21, 2016. The revised document can be downloaded from the IATF website.

Information Guide

Use the NSF-ISR IATF 16949:2016 Information Guide to identify areas of the standard that have been updated. We will continue to update this guide as new information on the standard becomes available. Download the Guide


NSF-ISR will be hosting a number of webinars aimed at keeping you up to date with progress of the IATF 16949 standard. NSF-ISR will keep you informed about the implementation process. We will also host webinars supporting your organization to make registering to the standard more straight-forward. You can download the entire series of webinars on demand at no cost. Download Our Webinars

Upgrade Planner and Delta Checklist

NSF-ISR has developed an exclusive document that captures areas of new requirements, changes and updates from the previous version of the standard. Once completed, you can send it to your NSF-ISR Lead Auditor to confirm the effective implementation of your IATF 16949 Automotive Quality Management System. Download the Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a number of answers to questions that your organization may have regarding the IATF 16949 transition. Download the FAQ

Next Steps

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 readiness assessment, transition guide, on-demand webinars and an upgrade planner and delta checklist. They can be accessed through the ISO 9001:2015 Revision tab on the ISO 9001 page.

For information about other transitioning management systems standards, visit our ISO standards updates webpage.

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