IATF 16949: 2016

IATF 16949: 2016

Automotive Quality Management Standards

The IATF management certification aims to create a common set of methods and techniques for processes and product development alongside manufacturers in the automotive industry, all over the world.

Are you:

  • Committed to Quality?
  • Driven by the desire to succeed?
  • Ambitious?

Are you looking to:

  • Increase operational performance?
  • Remove barriers and risks for growth?
  • Increase customer base and focus?
  • Improve Employee engagement?
  • Include a culture of evidence-based decision making?
  • Move into new markets?
  • Win new contracts?
  • Improve top and bottom lines?

Funding - We work closely with various funding groups so our support can be fully or partially funded.

The IATF management certification aims to create a common set of methods and techniques for processes and product development alongside manufacturers in the automotive industry, all over the world.

The IATF 16949 certification focuses on continual improvement, reduction of waste, decreasing variations and defect prevention related to automotive processes so that everything produced meets exceptionally high customer standards and supply chain efficiency.

Relating to almost every aspect of automotive processes, the IATF 16949 takes into account the design, development, production, installation and servicing of automotive products and devices. 

Used in conjunction with ISO 9001, this quality management system keeps in strong communication with the ISO 9001 platform and can bridge the gap between automotive processes and customer-specific requirements from the automotive sector.

IATF 16949: 2016


The International Automotive Task Force are a collective of manufacturers within the automotive industry who aim to provide an enhanced and improved process and production line to worldwide consumers of their products.

Their objectives are listed below:

  • To define and develop a consensus regarding international fundamental quality system requirements, primarily for the participating companies’ direct suppliers of production materials, product or service parts or finishing services (e.g., heat treating, painting, and plating).
  • To develop policies and procedures for IATF third party registration scheme to ensure consistency on a worldwide scale.
  • To provide appropriate training to support ISO/TS 16949 requirements and the IATF registration scheme.
  • To establish formal liaisons with appropriate bodies to support the IATF objectives.

BS EN ISO IATF 16949:2016 focuses on a continual improvement, process-based approach that supports the effective management of your business. This enables you to meet customers' requirements through an efficient, effective quality management system. It is suitable for any organisation that wishes to improve customer satisfaction, staff motivation, and build a culture of continual improvement.

BS EN ISO IATF 16949:2016 is based on the plan-do-check-act methodology and provides a process-based approach to documenting and reviewing the structure, responsibilities, and procedures in the organisation, which are required to achieve effective quality management. When you implement a system aligned to these standard requirements, you will join over a million organizations globally who have improved their businesses.

IATF 16949: 2016

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IATF 16949: 2016


Top management are to determine their objectives and strategic plan for the business. It is essential that your team are committed to implementing an effective QMS as everyone will be pivotal to success. With your implementation team, and support from Clear Quality, you will create a quality manual in line with your business objectives. Documented procedures and records required will be created to control an effective quality management system bespoke to your scope of services:

  • A documented system will be created to control approval, distribution, revision, and storage. These should be easy to operate and follow, yet sufficient to meet the requirements of the IATF 16949 standards.
  • You will demonstrate a clear process and set of procedures to ensure compliance is consistent.
  • Objectives and targets will be documented and consistent with the business strategic direction, including continual improvement and risk-based thinking.
  • Relevant documentation should be made easily available and useable in either print or electronic version and communicated throughout your business.
  • Throughout the process, internal audits will take place to confirm process effectiveness and compliance to the international standards.
  • Continual improvement of the effectiveness of the quality management system must be followed on a continuous basis to confirm suitability.

Our “Funded” level 4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship is also available to up-skill your workforce, providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage and maintain compliance to your business management system moving forward. This apprenticeship provides training on the following but not limited to:

  • Quality Strategies
  • Environmental aspects
  • Managing customer satisfaction
  • Managing Supplier performance
  • Developing quality policies and governance
  • Completion of effective Process Audits
  • Quality Risk Management

And much more.

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IATF 16949: 2016

How Can Clear Quality Help?

Clear Quality Ltd are a professional BS EN ISO consultancy, certification, and training organisation. Our team are dedicated to supporting you and your business, no matter your size or current scope. We help create, implement, and manage the perfect quality management system to suit your business as a unique workplace and organisation.

We set objectives, ensuring compliance to the requirements of the international standards and work with you to continually improve the quality across your provision. Training and up-skilling your workforce are key throughout the process of implementing a robust management system into your business.

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