The 16 Key Areas of Automotive-Focused Requirements of IATF 16949:2016 That Go Over and Above That of ISO 9001:2015

IATF 16949, the industry specific quality management standard used in the automotive industry, illustrates a preference for all manufacturers in the supply chain to have a QMS that is certified against the standard, requiring that suppliers throughout the supply chain who are not certified to IATF 16949 have a quality management system that at least meets the requirements of and/or is certified against ISO 9001 and  that there is a plan to achieve certification against the automotive standard. 

This might be a tough sell for small manufacturers who are struggling to understand the benefits of implementing a quality system that meets all of the IATF requirements, but there are valid reasons why manufacturers at all tiers through the supply chain should be making efforts to reach this goal.

“Automotive OEM data shows that 90% of manufacturing companies certified to IATF 16949 maintain customer satisfaction while only 73% of manufacturing companies certified to ISO 9001 maintain customer satisfaction.” – Value Add of Successful IATF 16949 Implementation

The IATF has developed a brochure to highlight “The Value Add of Successful IATF 16949 Implementation” which was published on the IATF Global Oversight web page on October 27th of this year.  The document, among other things, outlines how IATF 16949:2016 covers 16 key areas of automotive-focused requirements that go over and above those contained in ISO 9001:2015, which comprises the core requirements of the automotive-specific quality management standard.

These 16 key areas are:

  • Customer Specific Requirements (CSR) – Enhanced customer satisfaction by inclusion of customer specific automotive requirements aligned to each customer’s processes and needs.
  • Product Safety – The automotive industry is a highly regulated industry with a strong emphasis on product safety, supported by a coherent set of regulatory and industry-driven safety requirements.
  • Risk Analysis – Specific mandated tools for analyzing and planning actions for minimizing and preventing risk, such as FMEA.
  • Plant, Facility, and Equipment Planning – Specific mandated methods for facilities and equipment planning.
  • Measurement Traceability – Focus on measurement traceability, including specific automotive requirements for optimizing measurement equipment, its usage, and calibration.
  • Competence – Specific skills are needed in the automotive sector to make product and meet customer requirements.
  • Control of Documented Information – The automotive industry requires specific documentation for instructions, records, etc., that generic standards cannot include, such as the cascading from a process flow diagram (PFD), to a PFMEA, to control plans, all the way down to operator work instructions.
  • Organization Manufacturing Feasibility – Automotive is complex and high volume, requiring specific approaches to ensure manufacturing capabilities beyond those of generic process validations.
  • Design and Development – The design approach used in the automotive industry often varies in detail from OEM to OEM, but these requirements define the common elements that all automotive manufacturing companies must complete.
  • Supplier Management – Component suppliers provide more manufacturing value than in many other industries, specific automotive processes are required to ensure quality and delivery throughout the supply chain.
  • Production Control – Enhanced controls on manufacturing processes, including mandated methods (i.e. Control Plans).
  • Product Approval – Thorough and precise product and manufacturing process approval process (i.e. PPAP) for all automotive products.
  • Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis, and Evaluation – Automotive statistical methods, such as SPC, to ensure products meet specifications throughout the production process.
  • Internal Audit and Management Review – Specific approaches are needed to ensure that the complex automotive requirements are met.
  • Corrective Action – Specific methods are used for implementation of permanent corrective actions following a structured approach to problem solving, preventing recurrence.
  • Continual Improvement – A strong focus on improvement at every opportunity throughout the manufacturing company’s entire Quality Management System.


If you’re an automotive manufacturer who is trying to understand all of the requirements of IATF 16949 or how you might implement them, or if you’re currently certified to IATF 16949 and you’re looking for better tools to help you effectively manage the requirements of the automotive standard, let us show you how the IntellaQuest software suite can help you implement or improve your automotive quality management system and tackle these 16 key areas that will bring your QMS above and beyond an ISO 9001 system with ease.  Your customers will be glad you did.

Source: IATF


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