Yes, the use of IATF NC CARA is mandatory for an IATF 16949 audit conducted by an IATF-recognized certification body.
No, the IATF NC CARA Management Tool is a software application that is downloaded and runs completely offline in the browser on the user’s device without any data exchange with a centralized server. Updates to the application are done in the background if a data connection and a new version are available. All entered data must be saved and sent back to the certification body’s auditor.
To enable NSF to monitor the required time frames of the IATF rules, we use NSF Connect. This allows us to transfer information without using emails to ensure the safety of your data. It also helps us ensure timely replies.
It depends on your browser setting. Your browser may be trying to “open” the .json file, and your computer may not have the appropriate software for that. Not to worry — you don’t need to open the .json file; you just need to save it to your computer to load to IATF NC CARA. Even when you receive an error, the file will still save to your downloads folder.
Good news — you don’t need to open the .json file! That’s what IATF NC CARA is for. All you need to do is load it to IATF NC CARA, and you will be able to see the information.
After opening IATF NC CARA, use the “Load Report/Backup” feature to upload the .json file you received.
If you select the pencil icon , the form will open at the bottom, with the finding as seen in the audit report and the area to complete your reply.
Each field has a question mark icon that, when clicked on, opens for an explanation.
Complete the fields boxed in red as required:
The fields that have the paper-plus icon allow for attachment of files (only PDFs and JPEGs). There is no need to save the file in more than one place; please attach it just once and refer to its location.
No, there is no need to attach the files in NSF Connect as well as in the CARA application. However, if IATF NC CARA gives you a message that you have run out of space, the additional files can be loaded in NSF Connect.
Select the “Save NCs for auditor” button. This will generate a .json file in your downloads folder. If you receive errors, see FAQs 4 and 5. Navigate to your NSF Connect account, find the NC you wish to load, and upload the IATF NC CARA .json attachment. Then save and submit.
Please remember that the reviewer may not be familiar with your company’s abbreviations or names and may need your help to understand your answers.
Since IATF NC CARA is not a database but a browser tool, there is no immediate linkage between NSF systems and the tool. You will need to pull the file your CARA reviewer added to NSF Connect and then load this updated file into IATF NC CARA to be able to view the comments.