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IATF 16949:2016; refreshed automotive quality standard unveiled.

ISO/TS 16949:2009 is one of the most widely used international Quality Management System (QMS) standards, and like many other international standards, it is currently under revision.

Scheduled for publication in October this year, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has announced in the last few days that the newly revised standard will be published as IATF 16949:2016. Superseding ISO/TS 16949:2009, the new standard will respect the high level structure introduced by the adoption of Annex SL and the requirements laid out in ISO 9001:2015.

Following this announcement, 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.

Further details about the revision to ISO/TS 16949 and the expected publication of IATF 16949:2016 can be found on the IATF website.

Kevin How, LRQA’s Global Automotive Technical Manager shared his views on the IATF announcement; “The announcement of IATF 16949:2016, marks the start of a new journey for those industry bodies and organisations that use or work with ISO/TS 16949:2009 on a daily basis. The approaching publication of IATF 16949:2016 will help the automotive sector to future-proof their QMS and that can only be a good thing.”

With all the major ISO 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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