Getting IATF 16949 Certified in Teterboro, New Jersey (NJ)
IATF 16949 is a worldwide quality management standard that is specially designed for the automotive industry. IATF 16949 incorporates the requirements and structure of ISO 9001 QMS standards with the inclusion of some automotive customer-specific guidelines. It is one of the standards that you need to comply with if you deal with automotive parts and assembly. The IATF (International Automotive Task Force) is the one that developed this standard. However, it got a lot of input from the AIAG. It is a standard that needs certification by a third-party auditor (certification body/CB/Registrar).
The key areas of focus for the IATF standard include;
- Managing sub-tier suppliers
- Continuous improvement
- Warranty and change management
- Defect prevention
- Recruiting embedded software
- Waste reduction
- Contingency planning
- Risk management
- Product safety
As we mentioned earlier, this standard was developed by the International Automotive Task Force. You could be wondering why go for IATF 16949 and not ISO 16949? IATF 16949 is a highly innovative document that was designed by the AITF. It gives a lot of preference to the client and consolidates a lot of information from the previous requirements that are customer-specific. IATF maintains a very strong corporation with ISO and has a continuing liaison committee status that makes sure that it continuously aligns with ISO 9001.
Why Implement IATF
Apart from being beneficial, registering with IATF is a requirement for any company that wants to supply its products and services to the automotive industry. If your company is registered to this technical specification, they have to develop the quality management system of their suppliers and make sure that the supplier complies with the IATF standard.
After the International Automotive Task Force members jointly developed this standard, they submitted it to ISO (International Organization to Standardization) for approval and publication. The document has become a common requirement for automotive quality system management. It is based on ISO 9001 only that it has customer-specific requirements that are designed for the automotive industry.
IATF emphasizes developing a process that is oriented towards quality management. It promotes continuous improvement, reduction of waste and variation, and prevention of defects in the supply chain. Its goal is to meet the requirements of customers effectively and efficiently.
IATF represents a group of automotive manufacturers and all their trade associations. They are created to deliver improved quality products to automotive clients globally.
IATF adds all the registered organizations to their website on the list of the registered organization. It maintains a copy of their certificate on their site and it can verify it at any stage. All you need to do is to click on a given link to verify IATF 16949 certification.
This standard is applicable to all the companies that manufacture parts, assemblies, and components for supplying to the automotive industry. Manufacturing is basically the process of fabricating or making production materials, service or production parts, heat treatment or assemblies, painting, welding, and plating among other finishing solutions. If you need help with IATF 16949 compliance, all you need to do is contact IQC The ISO Pros. We have the right resources to help you comply with each and every section of this standard.
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