In this post we explore the benefits of IATF 16949:2016 certification, a standard applicable and helpful to businesses operating within the automotive sector.
The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is a group of organisations from the automotive sector, formed with the aim to improve manufacturing and provide quality products to automotive customers worldwide.
As the automotive industry evolves, there is a growing demand for greater product quality, continual improvement and competitiveness among manufacturers and stakeholders. Vehicle manufacturers are now insisting that suppliers to the automotive sector must be certified to the IATF 16949:2016 standard in order to qualify for contracts and business.
The IATF 16949:2016 standard defines the requirements for an automotive based QMS. The aim of the standard is to reduce risk throughout the automotive supply chain with a focus on continual improvement, prevention of defects and reduction of variation and waste. The standard uses ISO 9001:2015 as its foundation with added requirements specific to the automotive industry.
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Getting IATF 16949 certification ensures that you are a reliable supplier to the automotive industry.
The IATF 16949:2016 standard is applicable to any organisation involved in the manufacture of equipment, components, assemblies and parts which are supplied to the automotive industry.
In order to qualify for certification as an IATF 16949:2016 organization, manufacturers and suppliers must be involved in the manufacture of automotive production parts, services parts and/or accessory parts. This does not include the production of after-market parts.
IATF 16949:2016 is applicable throughout the automotive industry supply chain. All certification is issued on the basis of International Automotive Task Force (IATF) issued certification rules.
IATF 16949:2016 is also fully aligned with the structure and requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Hence it must be implemented in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015 and not as a stand-alone.
When you achieve IATF certification, your certification body or registrar will provide your organisation with a three year certificate. This will also entail annual surveillance audits performed by the registrar to ensure you are in compliance and a three yearly re-certification audit.
IATF 16949:2016 certification and implementation can take a lot of effort and commitment by the organisation. However in doing so, it brings the organisation into a higher league of companies who are committed to striving for higher customer satisfaction and quality management.
We at URS Middle East have all the required expertise to help your organisation successfully implement and achieve this certification.
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