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IATF 16949:2016; accelerating automotive quality management.

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has just published IATF 16949:2016, replacing ISO/TS 16949:2009 and represents the revised quality management standard for the automotive sector.

Based on international quality management system standard ISO 9001, organisations currently certified to ISO/TS16949:2009 will need to successfully transition by 14 September 2018.

Kevin How, LRQA’s Global Automotive Technical Manager shared his views on this most recent announcement from the IATF; “Whilst it is no longer an international (ISO) standard, IATF 16949:2016 is to be implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015, rather than being a standalone QMS. It will align with other key management system standards through the use of a structure and core text common to ISO’s Annex SL.”

The IATF has also released a guidance document which covers key areas including transition timelines for organisations currently certified to, or thinking about certification to ISO/TS 16949.

With some of the world’s leading standards being revised, LR is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of assessment services as well public and in-house training courses, all aimed at helping to ensure that organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards.

Please note that as of January 2018, we have moved to the Lloyd's Register brand and retired the LRQA name.

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