New MAQMSR Gap Audit Checklist is Available!

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The automotive experts at simpleQuE have created a MAQMSR Gap Audit Checklist for suppliers. This Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirement for Sub-Tier Suppliers (MAQMSR) gap audit checklist is based on sections of IATF 16949 selected for supplier QMS development. The purchase of this checklist comes with a free half hour of phone or email consulting to answer any questions.

MAQMSR, written by FCA and Ford, was released in September 2017 as an intermediate step toward IATF 16949 certification. (Refer to IATF 16949, Section 8.4.2.3.c and Sanctioned Interpretation #8.) This is an especially beneficial and cost effective approach for small sub-tier businesses, and for organizations with a diverse portfolio containing a small percentage of automotive business.

Is MAQMSR the right step for you?

Compliance to MAQMSR satisfies the intent of an automotive supplier to develop and pursue the automotive requirements.  The checklist is intended to be used as a tool to identify compliance with the selected requirements. Then a second-party auditing firm like simpleQuE can perform a compliance audit.

The ultimate goal of the supplier development process is to achieve 3rd party registration to IATF 16949.  It is important to note that the customer determines the path and steps, so approval must first be obtained before proceeding.  (IATF SI #8 indicates that the minimum acceptable level of QMS development may be compliance to ISO 9001 through second party audits, if approved by the customer.) The suggested steps of supplier development referencing 8.4.2.3 are as follows:

  1. Certification to ISO 9001 through 3rd party audits
  2. Certification to ISO 9001 + compliance to MAQMSR through 2nd party audits*
  3. Certification to ISO 9001 + compliance to IATF 16949 through 2nd party audits*
  4. Then finally certification to IATF 16949 through IATF recognized certification body

MAQMSR is not certifiable or a third party auditable standard, though the guideline may be referenced during a second party audit *(with a qualified 2nd party like simpleQuE).

SimpleQuE consultants have been assisting companies to understand their options and prepare for ISO 9001:2015 certification.  Upon receiving customer approval to use 2nd party audits to be compliant with MAQMSR, our consultants can provide guidance for that process and perform the audits.  To purchase the checklist or for more information on MAQMSR, contact us.

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