Not ready for IATF® Certification? MAQMSR May Be an Option

Not Ready For IATF 16949® Certification MAQMSR May Be An Option

Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements (MAQMSR)

Not ready for IATF® Certification?  For automotive suppliers who are having a difficult time meeting the requirements of the new IATF 16949® quality standard, Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements for Sub-Tier Suppliers (MAQMSR) may be an option you want to consider in conjunction with ISO 9001 certification.  Audit results coming in from certification bodies indicate that companies are failing to comply and in some cases, IATF® certification can’t be achieved.

In 2020 the top 5 minor non-conformances overall were written against:

  •   Control Plan
  •  Manufacturing Design Output
  •   Total Productive Maintenance
  • 8.5.1   Control of Production
  •   Contingency Planning

Steps To MAQMSR Compliance

As an option for suppliers, the Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements for Sub-Tier Suppliers (MAQMSR) was released in September 2017 as a possible intermediate step for a supplier’s Quality Management System (QMS) under the authorization of IATF 16949®, Section and Sanctioned Interpretation, SI #8.

Conformance to MAQMSR helps a lower-tiered supplier transition to IATF 16949® by allowing many of the key Automotive Requirements and applicable Customer Specific Requirements to be met while developing the remainder of the QMS. 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.  The suggested steps of supplier development referencing 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 third-party audits with a Certification Body

MAQMSR aligns the Automotive QMS Requirements with the corresponding IATF 16949:2016 section(s); however, it is not certifiable or a third-party auditable standard, though the guideline may be referenced during a second party audit.   *(by customer or with a qualified 2nd party like simpleQuE).

MAQMSR lists 46 Sections from IATF 16949:2016. Those sections include these key areas:

  • Control Plans
  • Performance and Problem Solving
  • Leadership Responsibility
  • Risk Management
  • Product Safety
  • Internal Auditing and Auditor Competency
  • Control of Non-Conforming Product
  • Product Approval Process

Understand Your Options

MAQMSR vs IATF 16949®

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SimpleQuE consultants have been assisting companies to understand their options to implement MAQMSR 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.  For more information on MAQMSR, contact our consultants today.

SimpleQuE is not associated with the IATF®, IAOB, ANAB®, IAQG®, and is not a certification body. SimpleQuE is an independent consulting, training, and second-party auditing service provider that assists a company on a path for the company to obtain and maintain certification through accredited certification bodies.

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