LRQA ISO Standards Update: ISO/TS 16949 set for December publication

Earlier this year, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) gathered in Rome to review the first revision of international automotive quality standard ISO/TS 16949. Based on currently available information, the anticipated publication of the revised standard was Q3 2016; we now understand that the target publication date is set for December 2016.

For those organisations currently certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009, the transition to the revised standard must be completed by 14 September 2018, in line with recently revised standards ISO 9001:2015 (quality) and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental).

Following the close of the meeting in Rome, the IATF released a guidance document for organisations that need to complete their transitional assessment. The guidance document can be viewed here.

The key expected revisions to the standard will focus on; incorporation of some of the common Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Customer Specific Requirements (CSRs), strengthened requirements for safety-related parts and processes, new requirements for products with embedded software and further requirements for supply chain management including logistics.

Kevin How, LRQA’s Global Automotive Technical Manager shared his thoughts on the revision; “With all major ISO standards currently under revision, the revisions to ISO/TS16949 represent a significant opportunity to future-proof the standard for the modern, global market place in which its users operate.”

With all the major ISO standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of assessment services as well public and in-house training courses, all aimed at helping to ensure that organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards.

For more information about the revisions, email enquiries@lrqa.com or visit www.lrqa.com/isostandardsupdate.