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The automotive industry is complex, globalized, and fast-moving. IATF 16949 is an essential international standard that sets forth a framework for achieving quality and efficiency in automotive design, development, manufacturing, installation, and service.
IATF 16949 is the international standard for developing a quality management system (QMS) in any company in the automotive sector. Its main emphasis is on continuous improvement. It unites and harmonizes the various assessment and certification systems in the global supply chain. Other areas of focus are customer satisfaction, process efficiency, defect prevention, and supply chain optimization.
The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is a group of automotive manufacturers that formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. The group harnessed an unprecedented amount of feedback and engagement from automotive firms to develop IATF 16949:2016, which was released in 2016. This carried forth the standards originally developed by another standards body, ISO, in 1999.
IATF 16949 is often implemented in conjunction with the general quality management standard (ISO 9001). Together they set forth the base quality system requirements (ISO 9001) and specialized automotive requirements (IATF 16949).
Working with a supplier that is IATF 16949 certified has brought immense returns to automotive companies of every scale and specialty. Certified suppliers usually:
Achieving IATF 16949 certification is often the easy part. The key is for the organization to dedicate the effort required to maintain an effective IATF 16949 QMS. For this reason, it is critical to routinely assess your supplier’s QMS against the IATF 16949 standard.
IATF 16949:2016 is a highly organized and specific standard, and there are important changes from the previous editions. Your company’s certification process may be long and labor-intensive, but the benefits are worthwhile. Before undergoing the official external certification audit, you will benefit immensely from Pro QC’s IATF 16949 pre-certification audits. Pro QC’s automotive experts will also audit an established and certified system for maintenance and suppliers’ adherence to the standard.
Pro QC’s auditor will visit your site or your supplier’s site and conduct record and document reviews, interviews, and facility tours. The auditor will typically spend 2.5 days onsite and 0.5 days drafting and finalizing the audit report.
The main elements of Pro QC’s IATF 16949 audit checklist are as follows:
CONTEXT OF THE ORGANIZATION
ANNEX A: CONTROL PLAN
Pro QC clients can expect an organized audit report presented in exhaustive detail. Each IATF 16949 audit requirement will be compared to the actual condition, citing objective evidence such as photos, interviews, and examined records and documents. Each finding will be explained in clear language and color-coded to indicate compliance, improvement needed, or noncompliant.
The report will present quick-to-grasp visuals and a summary with a strengths diagram, an overall audit score, and high-priority recommendations.
Nonconformances will be flagged, and the highest-risk ones will be paired with a recommendation for an effective fix as appropriate.
The IATF 16949 audit is only the first step. Pro QC supports a client in reaching full compliance with the standard. This means assessing the level of compliance against IATF 16949 and identifying nonconformances during the audit. Then, establishing a corrective action plan and verifying corrective action implementation through comprehensive follow-up activities.
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Pro QC has been providing quality assurance, engineering and consulting services since 1984.
We offer quality solutions in over 88 countries and we are continuously expanding our network.
We offer online reporting and detailed reports within 24 hours of job completion.
Our global engineering team has the requisite industry expertise to verify quality and conformance.
Quality assurance, supplier development and factory consulting services provided since 1984. We offer solutions in over 88 countries.
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