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IATF 16949:2018 Certification

IATF 16949:2018

It is a standard that establishes the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS), specifically for the automotive sector.

Originally created to harmonize different assessment and certification schemes worldwide in the supply chain for the automotive sector. It is the development of a QMS that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.


  •   IATF 16949 requirements are generic and are suitable to any supplier providing design and development, production and, when relevant, assembly, installation, and services of automotive related products, and also products with embedded software.
  •   This standard is applicable to places of the organization where manufacturing of customer-specified production parts, service parts, and accessory parts occur.

Benefits of IATF 16949

  •   Credibility and image
  •   Credibility to supply the automotive industry
  •   Emphasizes defect prevention
  •   Process approach
  •   Decision making
  •   Promotes the idea of continual improvement
  •   Employee motivation and empowerment

IATF 16949 Automotive Quality Management Systems
It is jointly developed by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) members and submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for approval and publication. It is a common automotive quality system requirement based on ISO 9001, and customer specific requirements from the automotive sector.

IATF 16949 Automation Certificate Requirements
Companies that tend to get certified should also comply with the requirements outlined by customers. Requirements fall into two categories:

  • The First category is specific to the order or product, like a specific tolerance based on the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) specifications.
  • The Second category points to requirements from OEMs which acts as a supplement to IATF 16949.