The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has announced that it has set up a working group of IATF member organizations “to develop a design specification for the revision of ISO/TS 16949 to align with the ISO 9001:2015 based structure and requirements.” The IATF assigned work team will be seeking stakeholder inputs on potential enhancements to the ISO/TS 16949 standard. In addition, customer requirements are being analyzed for potential inclusion in the future standard. Completion of the revised quality management system standard is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2016.
A March 30th update to the IATF website has additional information on the progress of the revision: “The IATF has completed phase one of the development process and finalized the design specification for the revision of the IATF automotive standard. Efforts are being undertaken to collect data for analysis and potential inclusion into the revised standard. A standardized common survey will be administered by the IATF member national associations to stakeholders in the coming months.”
ISO/TS 16949:2009 was jointly developed by the IATF members and submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for approval and publication. The document is a common automotive quality system requirements catalog based on ISO 9001:2008, and specific requirements from the automotive sector. This document, coupled with customer-specific requirements defines quality system requirements for use in the automotive supply chain.
The IATF is an “ad hoc” group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations, formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. Specifically, the purposes for which the IATF was established are:
- To develop a consensus regarding international fundamental quality system requirements, primarily for the participating companies’ direct suppliers of production materials, product or service parts or finishing services (e.g. heat treating, painting and plating). These requirements will also be available for other interested parties in the automotive industry.
- To develop policies and procedures for the common IATF third party registration scheme to ensure consistency worldwide.
- To provide appropriate training to support ISO/TS 16949 requirements and the IATF registration scheme.
- To establish formal liaisons with appropriate bodies to support IATF objectives.
IATF members include the following vehicle manufacturers:
- BMW Group
- Chrysler Group
- Daimler AG
- Fiat Group Automobile
- Ford Motor Company
- General Motors Company
- PSA Peugeot Citroen
- Renault SA
- Volkswagen AG
- And the vehicle manufacturers respective trade associations: AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.), and VDA (Germany)
More information will be posted as it becomes available.