IATF 16949 is not a stand alone quality management standard, but is implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015. This means that an organization in the automotive sector seeking IATF 16949 certification must also comply with ISO 9001:2015. IATF 16949 is a technical specification standard aimed at the development of a Quality Management System that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the automotive industry supply chain.
IATF 16949 applies to the design development, production and, when relevant, installation and servicing of automotive related products. The requirements are intended to be applied throughout the supply chain.
The benefits of IATF 16949 Certification include increased customer satisfaction, delivering products that consistently meet customer requirements, a reduction in operating costs, proven business credentials, and open doors to win new business. Procurement specifications often require certification as a prerequisite for suppliers, particularly in a highly regulated sector.