Automotive Task Force (IATF) - IATF 16949 Certification

Developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) working group, IATF 16949 is a quality management standard specifically for the automotive industry. Based on the internationally recognized quality management standard ISO 9001, IATF 16949 is supplemented by numerous automotive-specific requirements. It primarily targets automobile manufacturers and companies in the spare parts and series production sector. 

The IATF 16949 standard aims to ensure constant quality throughout the entire supply chain. The continual improvement process has been developed to increase customer satisfaction as well as identify failures and risks in the production process and supply chain in order to eliminate root causes and evaluate the effectiveness of corrective and preventive measures. Most leading automotive manufacturers will only work with companies that hold IATF 16949 certification, as they insist that suppliers adhere to the strict technical specifications laid out in the standard.

The transition to IATF 16949 

In October 2016, IATF 16949:2016 was published to replace ISO/TS 16949. As of September 2018, all ISO/TS 16949 certificates have expired. The major changes from ISO/TS 16949 to IATF 16949 included an emphasis on product safety, expansion of focus on risk management, supplier management, and others. 

IATF 16949:2016 outlines everything you need to know about achieving best practice when designing, developing, manufacturing, installing or servicing automotive products.

This new standard will help you to: 
  • Get recognized as a world-class automotive supplier that meet regulatory and safety requirements 
  • Integrate with other management system standards and bring quality and continual improvement to the heart of the organization 
  • Ensure your organization demonstrates ethical practices and corporate social responsibility, such as an anti-bribery policy 
  • Mitigate risk and improve opportunity management with a greater application of risk-based thinking


TÜV Rheinland is an official IATF-contracted and registered Certification Body. This ensures that your certification with us is conducted with the highest degree of professionalism and conformance to international guidelines and standards.  Our vast, international network of experienced and independent experts will accompany you throughout the certification process and help you set up an efficient quality management system. You will gain the confidence of automotive manufacturers. Contact us for further information! 
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