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What is IATF 16949:2016?

"IATF 16949:2016" is the automotive industry's most widely used international standards for quality management, and continues to evolve with the publication of a new global industry standard by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF).  The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is a group of automotive manufacturers which aim at providing improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide.  The goal is to emphasize defect prevention, provide continuous improvement, and reduce waste and disparity in the supply chain in conjunction with, and as a complement to, IATF 16949:2016.

The purpose is 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).
  • Develop policies and procedures for the common IATF third party registration scheme to ensure consistency worldwide.
  • Provide appropriate training to support IATF 16949:2016 requirements and the IATF registration scheme.
  • Establish formal liaisons with appropriate bodies to support IATF objectives.