Management Systems

IATF 16949: 2016

One of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards for quality management, ISO/TS 16949, is evolving with the publication of a new global industry standard by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). This latest version was developed with an unprecedented level of industry feedback and engagement by AIAG members.

ISO/TS 16949, a technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems, has become one of the most widely used international standards in the automotive industry, harmonizing the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.

On October 3rd, 2016 IATF 16949:2016 was published by the IATF and supersedes and replaces the current ISO/TS 16949, defining the requirements of a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry.


  • Improved quality: IATF 16949:2016 is designed to help organizations improve the quality of their products and processes. This can lead to fewer defects, reduced warranty costs, and increased customer satisfaction.
  • Reduced costs: By improving quality, IATF 16949:2016 can also help organizations reduce costs. This is because they will spend less money on scrap, rework, and warranty claims.
  • Increased efficiency: IATF 16949:2016 promotes a more efficient way of working. This can lead to faster production times, lower inventory levels, and improved resource utilization.
  • Improved supplier relationships: IATF 16949:2016 encourages collaboration between organizations and their suppliers. This can lead to better communication, trust, and problem-solving.
  • Enhanced competitiveness: By implementing IATF 16949:2016, organizations can demonstrate their commitment to quality to their customers and stakeholders. This can give them a competitive edge in the marketplace.