IATF 16949 MAQMSR Compliance Certificate

Understand the Option of MAQMSR Compliance VS IATF Certification

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Prepare for IATF 16949 MAQMSR Letter of Compliance

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.  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 8.4.2.3.c and Sanctioned Interpretation, SI #8.

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). SimpleQuE’s consultants and auditors are qualified to conduct the training and 2nd party audits required to issue a Letter of Compliance.  This letter is evidence to the customer that a company’s management system meets the requirements of the standard.  Compliance to MAQMSR can provide cost-saving options over certification to IATF.

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Establishing Your IATF 16949 MAQMSR Quality Management System

Conformance to MAQMSR helps a lower tiered supplier transition to IATF 16949 by allowing many of the key automotive 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 referenced in IATF 8.4.2.3 are as follows:

  • Certification to ISO 9001 through 3rd party audits
  • Certification to ISO 9001 + compliance to MAQMSR through 2nd party audits* (suppliers who did not achieve upgrade transition may consider this) – SimpleQuE’s certified auditors are qualified to perform these compliance audits for you.
  • Certification to ISO 9001 + compliance to IATF 16949 through 2nd party audits*
  • Then finally certification to IATF 16949 through third party audits.

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