Top 10 IATF 16949® Minor Nonconformances

IATF 16949® Minor Audit Findings Graphic ChartTop 10 IATF 16949® Minor Audit Findings

SimpleQuE’s infographic shows the top 10 IATF 16949® minor nonconformances as reported by all IATF® Certification Bodies from January – October 2020. plan9666 process design output9622   Total productive maintenance9307
8.5.1   Control of production and service provision (ISO)9016   Contingency plans8847
10.2.3  Problem-solving7998   Standardized work7374   Verification of job setups7200   Special characteristics7060   Measurement systems analysis6648


What Is A Minor Nonconformity?

A minor nonconformity is considered a failure to comply with IATF 16949® (based on judgment and experience), which is not likely to result in the failure of the QMS or to reduce its ability to ensure controlled processes or products.

A nonconformity occurs when there is a failure to meet a requirement as indicated by one or more of the following:

  • A customer
  • The ISO 9001 and/or IATF 16949® standard
  • A statutory or regulatory body
  • Your company

A majority of the minor findings fall under the Operations section with clauses Control Plan, Manufacturing process design output, and Total productive maintenance in the top three.  If your QMS (quality management system) is weak in those areas, review these clauses so you can be sure there are no gaps in your controls.  (Refer to the IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Quality Management System Standard and ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems – Requirements for full clauses.)

To address the top issues that trouble automotive suppliers, read our blog Top IATF 16949® Audit Findings and How to Address Them in the QMS. Our IATF 16949® experts have also created a free video series, IATF 16949® Audits – The Good, Bad & Ugly, for automotive suppliers who struggle with audit nonconformities. The twelve videos address the problem areas and share best practices to utilize, and critical areas to avoid, from the perspective of a Certification Body auditor. 

IATF 16949® Consultants

If you’re not sure your system is up-to-speed, simpleQuE offers certification readiness audits that are performed prior to a surveillance or initial Certification Body (CB) audit to be sure that your quality management system and team are ready. In addition, 2nd party internal audits can be conducted by our experts to be sure your system is maintained to these standards.  Contact our IATF 16949® consultants for information about our services and on-site customized training classes for Root Cause Analysis and Problem SolvingProcess OwnershipCore Tools, and more.

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