IATF 16949:2016

IATF is a standard that establishes the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS), specifically for the automotive sector.


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What is the IATF 16949 Standard?

IATF 16949 was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the ISO technical committee. IATF 16949 is based on the requirements of ISO 9001 for automotive production. It was published in October 2016 and replaces the ISO/TS 16949 standard. The standard applies to all manufacturers in the automotive supply chain worldwide – for automotive, their parts, components or systems. The standard provides for a continual process to help find and report areas of improvement of your management system and relevant processes in your business. Certification to the IATF 16949 quality management system demonstrates both commitment to product quality and conformance to customer specific requirements.

What are its benefits

  • Get recognized as a world-class automotive supplier with improved processes and product quality.
  • Integrate with other management system standards by combining audits with ISO 9001 to achieve faster turnaround.
  • Guaranteed credibility when bidding for global sourcing contracts or expanding business locally.
  • Mitigate risk and improve opportunity management with a greater application of risk-based thinking.

Certification Process

Identify your consultant

We can help you choose a reputable consultant to assist you in the journey

Gap Analysis

We can undertake a gap analysis to help you determine the likely workload and timescale for implementing a quality management system that will achieve certification. Once your organization is ready for certification, NVT will begin their certification process with your organization.

The 3 steps of certification


Application for registration is forwarded to the organization by NVT. The application form can be found on each standard page. Your form provides us information to about your organization so we can accurately define the scope of certification, the assessment duration and submit our proposed quote for certification.


Assessment is undertaken by NVT auditors against the specific requirements of your chosen standard. This consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit (explained below). Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for adequate time with effectiveness of each process, management review and full cycle of internal audits.


Certificate is issued by NVT on successful completion of the Stage 2 assessment. Certification is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly re-certification audit.

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