Highlights From the 2023 AIAG Quality Summit Including IATF 16949® Updates

IATF 16949® Updates from the 2023 AIAG Quality Summit

Every year, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) holds their Quality Summit which includes IATF 16949® and other important updates. SimpleQuE’s automotive consultant, Mark Dodson, attended and shares key takeaways that will impact automotive suppliers.  A question on everyone’s minds is – When will the IATF 16949® standard be revised?  It was announced that work on IATF 16949® 2nd edition has been delayed, since ISO 9001 is expected to be updated, and is currently being revised with a target release date of around the 4th quarter of 2025.

In the meantime, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is already reviewing and prioritizing a list of topics to consider for the new edition.   It will incorporate the Sanctioned Interpretations and possibly incorporate universal CSRs if all 10 member manufacturers can consolidate them. Currently, IATF 16949® has 25 Sanctioned Interpretations, which are used to keep IATF 16949:2016 relevant and up to speed with required changes and interpretations. As ISO 9001:2015 is updated, the IATF® will be driven to review and update, and is already prioritizing a list of topics to consider for the 2nd edition.

At the Quality Summit, it was announced that a new publication (IATF-R) has been released (Intentions, Rationale, and Benefits of IATF 16949:2016). It provides helpful information describing the intent of each clause of IATF 16949® with explanations of why the requirement is necessary and its value to certified organizations.

Rules 6th Edition soon to be released

In 2024 IATF® Rules 6th Edition will be replacing Rules 5th. These guidelines provide the key requirements that an organization must fulfill to achieve and maintain certification to IATF 16949®. A draft was published in June of 2023. Feedback was provided, with changes occurring through December 2023. The target date for release in all languages is March 2024, with 9 months to implement (effective January 2025). Note that most of the Rules affect Certification Bodies, but there are KEY CHANGES impacting IATF 16949® certified companies:

Extended Manufacturing Site (Section 1.1)

  • Extended manufacturing sites must be within 10 miles and no more than a 60-minute drive from the main manufacturing site
  • Allowance for support personnel to be located at the extended manufacturing site (to be more reflective of how companies operate)

Audit Cycle (Section 5.1.1)

  • 12 month surveillance cycles are mandatory (Removed 6 & 9 month surveillance intervals) and added complexity to the audit day calculations
  • Removed certificate suspension for a late surveillance audit and instead allow surveillance audits to be conducted up to 3 months late without suspension
  • If a surveillance or recertification audit cycle timing is exceeded beyond 15 months, the CB will cancel the client’s certificate.

Determining Audit Duration (Sections 5.2 and 5.4)

  • Added audit time for the verification of corrective actions for nonconformities (NC) to ensure the CB auditor has the appropriate amount of time for effective verification activities
    • 1 hour-1.5 hours allowed for each major
    • 30 minutes – 1 hour allowed for each minor
  • Permitted reduction for corporate scheme is now 15%
  • Reduced maximum possible audit day reduction from 50% to 30%

Audit Planning/Audit Plan (Sections 5.7.1 & 5.7.2)

  • Organizations must confirm audit dates no less than 90 calendar days prior to the start date of the next regular audit to ensure CB auditor resource availability (excludes special audits)
  • Organizations must provide pre-audit planning information no less than 30 calendar days prior to the start date of the audit which allows the CB auditor to create an audit plan and provide it to the organization for their coordination
  • The organization shall submit NC effectiveness evidence 30 days prior to a special audit
  • In the event an organization does not provide audit planning information in the required timing, the CB may delay or cancel the audit, which may result in loss of certification
  • There are CB concerns that 14 days for the auditor to issue the plans isn’t enough time and they are looking to adjust this, so we may see a change before final release.

Nonconformity Management (Section 5.11)

  • Organizations must submit a response for a major NC in 15 calendar days (instead of 20) including the containment action and evidence of containment effectiveness
  • CB has 30 calendar days from the audit closing meeting date to accept the organizations response or resolve any outstanding issues
  • Failure to submit a response to any NC within the required timing requires the CB to withdraw the certificate

Nonconformity Management – 100% Resolved (Section 5.11)

  • A one-time special audit to verify the effectiveness of the correction actions that were 100% resolved must be conducted no less than 90 days prior to the next regular audit
  • 30 days prior to the one-time special audit the organization must submit evidence that the CA’s have been internally verified

Virtual Auditing (Section 7.3)

  • The virtual auditing method can be used to audit employees normally working remotely and for surveillance of some remote support functions (Annex 4)
  • Once every 3 years, the auditor must be onsite
  • Virtual auditing is not permitted for manufacturing sites as the technology is not yet reliable globally for effective audits of the production floor

Decertification Process (Section 8.0)

  • Now there are only two inputs to the decertification process
    • Performance complaints and
    • NCs issued during surveillance, recertification, or special audits
  • All performance complaints, including IATF OEM special status conditions, will be received through the IATF complaint management system
  • “Long lead” corrective action items for performance complaints require another special audit to verify effective implementation of actions no more than 180 calendar days from the date of the CB’s receipt of the complaint
    • In the event surveillance audit timing or recertification timing is exceed, the CB will cancel the client’s certificate

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If you’re searching for an IATF 16949:2016 consultant, our team at simpleQuE is well-positioned to support your IATF 16949® and MAQMSR consulting (Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements), certification, maintenance, training and internal auditing needs. Our consultants are qualified, certified, and are experts on the automotive standards, customer-specific requirements, and AIAG or VDA core tools. In addition, many are current or former 3rd party auditors who bring valuable insight because of the knowledge gained from auditing for certification bodies.

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