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IATF 16949 a global industry standard for automotive supply

IATF 16949 sets a global benchmark for automotive supply organisations.

In an industry characterised by high-risk, high-cost products, IATF 16949 certification from Lloyd's Register (LR) will help you prevent defects, and reduce supply chain variation and wastage.


From 1 October 2017 all audits must be completed to IATF 16949:2016 – the QMS  standard for organisations in the automotive industry. As a result, industry leaders will soon benefit from revisions that emphasise continuous improvement, defect prevention and reductions in supply chain variation and wastage.

For an industry that requires tight quality assurance to produce high-risk, high-cost products and services, the new IATF standard is more aligned with the needs of its stakeholders.

What we offer

LR recognises that every organisation and its QMS are unique. The impact of the revision from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to the IATF 16949:2016 will depend upon the complexity of your organisation and the maturity of your management system.

At LR, we take time to understand the needs and unique circumstances of our clients and their businesses, to act with judgement, sensitivity and care.

Our independence means that we’re committed to doing things the right way to reach the highest standards and best outcomes for all, giving our clients confidence in our decisions every time.

We specialise in IATF16949 compliance including gap analysis, assessment and certification, all underpinned with expert advice designed to meet the needs of your industry. 

We explore every problem thoroughly with exact, analytical precision.  We leave no stone unturned and no questions unanswered, to draw accurate conclusions.

We provide practical client training courses worldwide in various languages, led by trained and qualified tutors. Many of our courses are endorsed by relevant professional bodies and based on our experience of assessing management systems. We offer both public and in-house training services including customised training solutions.

Customised assurance
The challenge of globalisation, changing customer requirements, legislation and technology means that worldwide, organisations are increasingly turning to customised assurance programmes, underpinned with client specific criteria, to help them meet their organisational goals.

Our range of customised solutions are focused on delivering client value by offering a variety of tools and techniques to identify the right solution for your business. Once we have assessed your needs, we can then identify the most appropriate methods to equip you with the relevant knowledge and implement the recommended improvement initiatives.

A wide range of assurance services
Don’t let your certification journey stop with IATF 16949; at LR, we deliver certification, validation and verification assessment services to all of the world’s leading standards and schemes including health and safety, environmental, sustainability, energy management, business continuity, cyber security and many more.

What are the benefits?

For any organisation within the automotive sector, adopting an internationally agreed and recognised set of practices for quality management ultimately serves to mitigate risk, waste, and reputational damage through non-compliance with industry requirements.

Certification gives you a tested model for continual, systematic improvements in quality, and excellence delivery to customers and stakeholders. As an internationally recognised quality standard, it also promotes recognition from regulatory authorities.

An improved documentation system gives you greater visibility over your supply chain, allowing you to better meet customer demand and monitor the safety and reliability of your products.

Why choose LR?

LR has been at the forefront of standards development and a market leader in certification and training for more than 25 years.  

Proven track record 
We have high-profile clients in automotive and other related sectors  

Technical expertise
Our assessors are automotive engineers and industry specialists who are matched with your business needs, enabling an effective and robust audit of your system.  We’re expert in not only understanding the potential in cutting-edge ideas, but applying this pragmatically in ways which guarantee impact today and in the long-term.

Your business helps LR to help others
The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity that supports engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: working together for a safer world.

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