One of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards for quality management, ISO/TS 16949, is evolving with the publication of a new global industry standard by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). ISO/TS 16949, a technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems, was first developed in 1999 by the IATF in conjunction with ISO. Since then, it has risen to be one of the most widely used standards in the industry.
In October 2016, IATF 16949:2016 was published by IATF and will supercede and replace the current ISO/TS 16949 to define the requirements of a quality management system for manufacturers in the automotive industry. It will also align with and refer to the most recent version of the quality standard ISO 9001:2015.
The ISO/TS 16949 will no longer be valid after September 14, 2018 and audits for this standard will only be conducted up to Sept 30, 2017.
To help manufacturers who are currently certified, NWIRC is offering an ISO/TS 16949 Internal Audit training course on December 6-8, 2016 in Corry, PA with instructor Kevin Smith of Vie Associates. The course will also review some of the new requirements to help companies understand the transition to the new standard. “Companies that are certified still need to conform with the current system, so internal auditors need this training for what they are audting now. They will also get a glimpse into the new standard,” Smith said.
In addition to offering the ISO/TS 16949 Internal Audit training in Erie, a course is scheduled for St Marys, PA on March 21-23, 2017.
Source: Press release August, 2016, www.iatfglobaloversight.org.