What Is It?
Following best-practice QMS Standards, IATF 16949 describes a systematic approach to quality management.
Automotive industry organisations require a systemic approach to quality management that provides for continual improvement, defect prevention and the reduction of supply chain variation and waste.The IATF 16949 Standard defines a quality management system for automotive production and relevant service parts organisations. Based on ISO 9001, it draws on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle and risk-based thinking to create a framework for organisational improvement.
IATF 16949 describes requirements for a QMS covering the design, development, production, assembly, installation and services of automotive-related products, including those with embedded software.
Context of the Organisation
The organization must understand the external and internal factors that may affect its ability to achieve the desired results.
The organisation’s leaders must commit to continuing improvement, providing sufficient resources, ensuring the quality policy and objectives are in place, and clearly communicating roles, responsibilities and authorities clear.
Planning must address actions to address risks and opportunities; quality objectives and how to achieve them; and change management.
The organisation must ensure sufficient resources are allocated to the quality management system, and carefully monitor their use and effectiveness.
The organisation should plan, implement and control processes to meet requirements for providing its products and services.
The organisation must be able to demonstrate and verify process capability as specified by the customer’s approval process requirements.
IATF 16949 requires a commitment to continuous improvement, managing nonconformities, solving problems, error-proofing, managing warranties and taking corrective action when required.