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Drive quality across automotive supply chains

Drive continual improvement with our IATF 16949 services. IATF 16949 is a global Quality Management System (QMS) standard for the automotive industry. Building on the fundamentals of ISO 9001 with additional automotive-specific requirements, the standard embeds safety, security, and sustainability across the dynamic automotive supply chain. Certification to the globally recognised IATF 16949 standard helps organizations overcome the challenges associated with changing consumer attitudes, reduce wastage and operational costs, and win larger deals and global sourcing contracts.

IATF 16949 6th Edition Rules were published  published 31 March, 2024. These new rules will become effective on January 1, 2025, replacing the previous 5th Edition. This update does not change the IATF 16949:2016 standard itself but modifies the guidelines for audits and certification procedures. Check out our FAQs to find out more.

Our IATF 16949 services

LRQA is one of only a few providers recognised by the IATF to provide IATF 16949 certification and has signed an agreement with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to provide IATF 16949 certification services globally.

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Training

Whether you’re new to IATF 16949 or are looking to develop your current training programme, we’ve got a variety of training courses that are all delivered by LRQA’s extensive team of QMS experts.

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Gap analysis

Our IATF 16949 gap analysis service assesses your existing QMS against the most recent publication of the standard to report on the state of your current system and develop a plan to achieve compliance.

Certification

IATF 16949 applies to the design and development, production, installation, and servicing of automotive products. As one of only a few recognised certification bodies, LRQA provides IATF 16949 services globally.

Integrated audit

Organisations that implement several other management systems and standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 450001 may benefit from a single, coordinated assessment with reduced costs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is IATF 16949?

IATF 16949 is a global quality management system standard specifically designed for the automotive sector. It aims to harmonise the different assessment and certification systems worldwide in the supply chain for automotive parts.  

When was IATF 16949 first published?

IATF 16949 was originally published in October 2016. It replaced ISO/TS 16949:2009.

What is the IATF 16949 6th Edition?

Published 31 May 2024, IATF 16949 6th Edition refers to the updated rules for audits and certification processes under the IATF 16949 standard. These updates do not change the IATF 16949:2016 standard itself but revise the guidelines for conducting audits.  

When will the 6th Edition rules come into effect?

The new rules will become effective on January 1, 2025. From this date, all audits will be conducted according to the new 6th Edition rules, and the previous 5th Edition rules will become obsolete.  

Will there be any changes to the IATF 16949:2016 standard itself?

No, the IATF 16949:2016 standard remains unchanged. The changes pertain solely to the rules governing the audit and certification processes.  

What are some significant changes in the 6th Edition rules?
  • Extended Manufacturing Site (EMS): Redefined to be within 10 miles (16 km) and 60 minutes driving distance from the main site. Sites not meeting this definition will be reclassified.
  • Surveillance Audit Intervals: Only two surveillance visits are permitted in each 3-year audit cycle.
  • Audit Duration: Includes both audit days and additional audit time for various activities.
  • Non-conformity Management: Stricter timelines for addressing major and minor non-conformities.
  • Virtual Audits: Permitted only for Standalone Remote Supporting Locations under specific conditions.

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Why work with us?

Global capability

LRQA has a global network of qualified auditors who are experts in automotive quality management and have an in-depth knowledge of the industry, putting them at the forefront of automotive assurance services.

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Flexible delivery

IATF 16949 services can be tailored according to your organisation’s needs and delivered on-site, remotely, or through a blended approach that utilises the best of both on-site and remote delivery mythologies.

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History of firsts

LRQA is a leader in the automotive industry and was the first assurance company to receive UKAS accreditation, allowing our experts to deliver certification services for a range of standards worldwide.

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Total assurance

Our services don’t stop at IATF 16949. LRQA offers various services covering a wide range of recognised standards across health and safety, environmental, sustainability, energy management, business continuity, cyber security and more.

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Are you already certified to IATF 16949 and would like to transfer?

If you hold a valid accredited certificate of approval with another provider and you are considering moving, transferring your IATF 16949 certification to LRQA is simple. We'll work with you to ensure your transfer is as smooth as possible.

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