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IATF 16949 Certification & Auditing

International Standard for Automotive Quality Management Systems

ABOUT THE IATF 16949 Standard

The IATF 16949 standard specifies the requirements of a quality management system for automotive production. Born from the need for a globally harmonized quality management system requirements document, the IATF 16949 standard was published in October 2016. It supersedes the automotive standard ISO/TS 16949, which is no longer valid. IATF 16949 requirements include the following key aspects:

  • Product safety
  • Risk management and contingency planning
  • Requirements for embedded software
  • Change and warranty management
  • Management of sub-tier suppliers

Our free white paper provides further Information about the certification requirement and process.

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Obtaining the IATF 16949 certification demonstrates that your company has met extensive requirements to create a process of continuous improvement with an emphasis on defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. The technical specification is implemented for all branches of manufacturers and suppliers of products or production materials, services such as heat treatment or galvanizing, and other products specified by automotive customers such as the constituent parts of vehicles.

Certification to this technical specification is recognized by leading automotive manufacturers and OEMs. Most leading manufacturers will only work with companies that hold IATF 16949 certification, as they insist that suppliers adhere to the strict technical specifications laid out in the standard.

obtain iatf 16949 certification with tüv süd

TÜV SÜD has over 100 years of experience in automotive solutions, working with top OEMs and suppliers across the entire value chain. Our highly qualified auditors are conveniently available in all key regions across the globe. Your company can take advantage of our many local TÜV SÜD offices for immediate support. Our certifications are among the most reputed worldwide. We are an official IATF-contracted and registered Certification Body. By choosing TÜV SÜD, your certification will be instantly recognized by automotive OEMs everywhere.

Steps to IATF 16949 certification 

Entry into IATF Database: As a certified IATF 16949 client, TÜV SÜD will enter your company into the IATF Database. This is used to inform all automotive OEMs that your company has a valid IATF16949 certification.

Resources to Help You Understand IATF 16949 Certification

IATF 16949 White Paper
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IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Management

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IATF 16949 Training

IATF 16949:2016 QMS Online Course

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