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IATF 16949:2016 Quality Management in the Automotive Sector

IATF 16949:2016 Quality Management in the Automotive Sector

IATF 16949:2016 Quality Management in the Automotive Sector


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​IATF 16949:2016. Requirements for organisations that produce automotive parts and replacement parts.

The IATF Standard16949 establishes the specific requirements for implementing the Standard ISO 9001 for the mass production of original and replacement parts in the automotive industry. This certification is a necessary requirement for any supplier that supplies directly to manufactures and, depending on the clients' contractual requirements, is also necessary for lower-level suppliers.

The main goal of Standard IATF 16949 is ongoing improvement, putting emphasis on the prevention of defects and waste in the supply chain. For this reason, the standard ensures that the car's parts, pieces and safety systems meet the requirements specified by the clients, as well as by the applicable regulations. On the other hand, this standard promotes ongoing improvement of the products at better prices, as well as research and development of new components that improve the safety of the vehicle and its surroundings.

The main changes in this version are:

  • Suitability of the standard for products that use software. 
  • Additional requirements for product safety. 
  • Strengthening the approach to production by introducing risk-based thinking.
  • Strengthening the control of suppliers and subcontracted processes. 
  • Introducing concepts for corporate social responsibility. 
  • Warranty management processes. 

This document is the result of the work done by experts in the automotive industry to bring in measures to improve the quality of industry-wide management systems.​​

Because it's a certification based on the ISO 9001 it can be integrated with environmental management ISO 14001 and health and safety in the workplace (ISO 45001) and Metrology Management (ISO 10012).

Once the Audit process has been completed, if the implemented system meets the requirements of the standard IATF 16949, the organisation obtains:

  • The AENOR Quality Management System Certificate for the Automotive Sector.
  • A licence to use AENOR's Quality Management System mark.
  • The IQNet Certificate is a passport that offers international access to its ISO certification 9001. With it, its AENOR certificate will be recognised by leading certification entities all over the world.
  • A licence to use the IQNet mark.

Furthermore, organisations with management systems certified by AENOR have free access to the AENORnet and a subscription to the AENOR monthly magazine.​​

AENOR Mark of a Quality Management System in the Automotive Sector

AENOR Mark IATF 16949


IQNet Mark

​AENOR has been working in the automotive industry since 1997 with more than 500 issued certificates as per different industry benchmarks. Among its clients are the Antolin Group, Ficosa, Arcelormittal Spain, Saint Gobain, Valeo, Total and the Maier Group. AENOR is accredited by the IATF (International Automotive Task Force).​