IATF 16949:2016

THE Automotive Industry Standard – A Leading star for others!

IATF 16949 - Quality Management System for requiring clients

Do you have requiring customers and wishes to deliver higher value”? Use the content of IATF 16949


The automotive quality management standard, IATF 16949, is a development from its predecessor ISO/TS 16949 (which expired in 2017) which in turn is a development from a previous predecessor, qs 9000 (which expired in 2006).

IATF 16949 contains 120 new additional/rational requirements to ISO 9001:2015 e.g.

  • Product Safety
  • Maintenance
  • Purchasing and supplier management
  • Production Control
  • Management
  • Contingency Planning
  • Product and Process development


IATF 16949 is intended for “vehicles on the road” because a truck or passenger car is a complex product with 1000’s of components that can pose a risk to users and the environment.

These are often produced in large numbers and therefore a solid prevention effort is required with effective quality management at all stages.

Moreover, competition in the automotive industry is so extensive that no manufacturer can afford to have suppliers who do NOT oppose efficient processes.


In most companies that want to deliver to the automotive industry, today (in-depth) knowledge of IATF 16949 from a large number of people e.g.

  • Management Team/CEO
  • Purchasing
  • Production Personnel
  • Maintenance
  • Sales and order management
  • HR Development
  • etc.

Regardless of whether you belong to the automotive industry or not, you will benefit from introducing (parts of) IATF 16949 into your business if you are interested in continuous improvement and or development.


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IATF 16949 is primarily intended for organisations producing larger volumes (m a o not evenmanufacturing) of components contained in a vehicle on the road, but ideas and principles can be applied by more. There is great value in understanding processes and how these should be measured in terms of efficacy AND efficiency in order to apply continuous improvements in operations (and profitability).

We conduct open training and customized training in 1-3 days in content and scope. Read more below.

Since we have extensive experience of these requirements, we also carry out gap analyses or audits to measure the value of your maturity against the requirements in IATF 16949. Read more under “Audits”.


IATF 16949 and the additional requirements of individual OEMs (so-called customer-specific requirements) require the introduction and application of a number of methods/tools commonly referred to as “(Automotive) Core Tools”. IATF 16949 requires knowledge and application of a range of tools/methods (often summarized as “Lean”) e.g. Poka-Yoke, FMEA etc.

  • FMEA, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis
  • MSA, Measurement System Analysis
  • SPC, Statistical Process Control
  • 8D, Problem Solving in 8 Disciplines
  • Control Plans