IATF 16949 Certification Mark

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Management system certification / Voluntary assessment

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

International standard IATF 16949

Standard owner:

International Automotive Task Force (IATF)


What does the standard IATF 16949 cover?

The IATF 16949 standard defines the requirements for a quality management system of a company in the automotive industry supply chain, taking any individual and additionally applicable customer requirements into consideration. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • The organisation has established a suitable, process-focused management system which includes mechanisms for risk identification, self-assessment, preventive and corrective action, continuous improvement of performance and evaluation, distribution and implementation of customer-specific requirements of customers in the automotive industry. For this purpose, the organisation must, as a minimum requirement, furnish proof of the processes, procedures, records and key performance indicators required by this international standard and the respective customer.
  • The certified organisation defines the required characteristics of the value-added products and services offered, such as surface treatment, and the underlying processes, and ensures regular surveillance to meet the quality requirements of customers.

  • What does “certification” and/or the issue of a certification mark for IATF 16949 by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) according to defined criteria (certification standard).
    • A certificate and/or the authorisation to use a certification mark is only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major nonconformities with the requirements of the certification standard.
    • The certificates and/or certification marks are valid for a restricted period of time. Interested parties can check the validity of individual certificates in the  IATF database www.iatf-customerportal.org
    • To maintain certificate validity, the certificate holder must annually complete an announced audit with a positive result. Intervals of 6 or 9 months are possible, if the number of audits is increased within a three-year cycle.
  • How do we audit?

    Independent and qualified experts (auditors) apply the following auditing techniques:

    • Readiness review
      Evaluation of the organisation’s requirements and/or documentation (e.g. performance data from the last 12 months) to ensure the systematic control of all processes relevant for quality management and required by this international standard.

    • On-site-audit
      Verification, in the form of interviews and on-site inspection at the customer's premises, that the above requirements are effectively implemented in practice. Random on-site checks of processes based on records, such as available measurement results, minutes of meetings, training and qualification records, complaints management and records related to defined objectives and the resulting improvement projects.
  • What is beyond the scope of certification according to IATF 16949?
    • Certification according to IATF 16949 does not constitute product certification. Certification thus does not provide any direct statements on the quality of a product or service of the certified customer. Certification according to IATF 16949 does not mean that the company manufactures products or provides services of higher quality.
    • Certification according to IATF 16949 does not ensure in each specific case that a product or service complies with customer requirements, even though this is one of the key objectives of the quality management system.



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