In order to deal with the emergence of new challenges and the constant changes in the automotive industry, IATF and ISO agreed to discontinue their ISO/TS 16949 development partnership and introduce a new standard: IATF 16949. But what will change in the transition from ISO/TS 16949 to IATF 16949? How should this transition take place? We’ll tell you.

IATF 16949 will be implemented in conjunction with, and as a complement to, ISO 9001: 2015. Therefore, IATF 16949 will not be a self-sufficient quality management standard. The goal is to emphasize defect prevention, provide continuous improvement, and reduce waste and disparity in the supply chain.

This means that companies seeking IATF 16949 certification must also comply with ISO 9001: 2015 requirements.


Risk-based thinking

To maximize the potential of planned activities and minimize the chance of failures during the development of new programs, IATF 16949 included a number of specific risk-related requirements.

One of the requirements of IATF 16949 is that all companies ensure the compliance of all products, processes, parts and services, including all those that are outsourced. This means that the company must have a system to mitigate the risks of non-conformity throughout the supply chain.

Specific customer requirements

Several common industry practices that were found in customers’ specific requirements were also incorporated into IATF 16949.

The objective of integrating these practices is to facilitate the demand for specific customer requirements in these areas. It is also crucial to distinguish customer requirements and customer-specific requirements (TSRs). These two terms are defined in IATF 16949.

Competence of first and second party auditors

Other requirements were added to IATF 16949 concerning first and second party auditors, including:

  1. Companies must have a documented process to verify the competence of the internal auditor.
  2. When training internal auditors, documented information should be kept to demonstrate the trainer’s competence with regard to the additional requirements.
  3. Companies must demonstrate the competence of second party auditors, and second party auditors must meet the client’s specific requirements for auditor qualification.

Product safety

The IATF standard has a completely new section called Product Safety. This section requires companies in transition to have documented product safety management processes related to product and manufacturing processes.

The focus of this clause is to ensure that every product performs its intended or designated function, without causing any unexpected loss or damage. Processes must be implemented in all companies to ensure the safety of products throughout their lifecycle.

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Manufacturer feasibility

In the new IATF 16949, the company must assess whether it has the ability to meet the time and performance targets stipulated by customers, known as manufacturer feasibility.

ISO/TS 16949 also required the same analysis of manufacturer feasibility, but specific requirements were not imposed.

Warranty management

A new requirement was added to IATF 16949 based on the increasing importance of warranty management, consolidating IATF OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specific customer requirements.

To validate No Trouble Found (NTF), the warranty management process must address and integrate all specific customer requirements and warranty analysis procedures.

In addition, where applicable, decisions must be agreed upon by the customer.


According to IATF, there will only be one transition option for companies:

The transition should be done according to the company’s ISO/TS 16949 audit cycle. Companies in transition must do so through a transition audit, aligned with the current scheduled recertification audit, as defined in section 5.1.1 of the IATF Rules.

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Gus Oliveira


Gus Oliveira

Gus Oliveira has a degree in Business Administration as well as a degree in Economics from The University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth (USA). Oliveira has experience in the software industry for Business Excellence also in the financial and business development field, working in large companies both in the United States and in Brazil as a financial analyst, business strategy consultant and a senior project consultant.

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  1. Hello! Is IATF 16949 eligible for a company producing raw material such as polymers granules ( bulk) ?

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