That’s a question that some automotive suppliers are facing as they weigh the various costs and options of meeting the requirements of the new IATF standard. Deanne Sparr, simpleQuE’s Vice President, has discussed this area of concern with a variety of companies who don’t feel they are ready to transition. Some companies in this situation that kept the IATF scope and continued with the certification audit, under the new IATF Rules, found that the auditor is not permitted to stop the audit and is allowed to write as many findings as needed. This resulted in IATF audits having over 30+ findings that all then need resolved within 90 days.
Deanne explains, “In this situation, it would be preferable to have an assessment to ISO 9001:2015 only. By achieving ISO 9001:2015 with this upgrade, you will be meeting the minimum requirements of IATF (clause 184.108.40.206) so customers can continue to source to you. On the other hand, with any major findings from an IATF audit, your status in the automotive supplier database may affect the ability of automotive customers to source to you during that time.”
To satisfy a company’s automotive customers, Deanne recommends implementing MAQMSR. This is the Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements for sub-tier suppliers. It was written by FCA and Ford and is permitted as part of development toward IATF certification with the IATF mandating customers’ approval. (Refer to IATF 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. Compliance to this standard also satisfies the intent of an automotive supplier to develop and pursue the automotive requirements. This translates to less risk for automotive customers to use you over a competitor who only has ISO, according to the new IATF requirements (clause 220.127.116.11) that they must now follow.
SimpleQuE has a 4-step consulting approach to assist companies with MAQMSR compliance. The first step consists of a gap analysis to review the current system and match it to the requirements of MAQMSR. Next, any gaps found are incorporated into a project plan or action list. Based on the gaps and level of internal resources, you may opt to manage the project plan to close the gaps or allow one of our simpleQue automotive industry experts to guide you through the process. Following completion of the MAQMSR compliance process simpleQuE has IATF certified auditors who can perform the MAQMSR compliance audit (steps 3 and/or 4). Upon completion of the audit and closing of findings, simpleQuEwill issue your company a letter of compliance to MAQMSR that can be shared with potential and current customers. Certification to ISO 9001 with compliance to MAQMSR will help your company retain current automotive business and increase biding opportunities for new automotive business.
Contact us regarding your management system needs. SimpleQuE has helped many single and multi-site manufacturing companies who struggled with the ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 standard upgrades. Let us help you find a customized and effective solution to update and advance your management system in a way that makes sense for your organization.
Earth Day is April 22nd which is right around the corner and we are reminded how important it is to remember our corporate responsibility to the environment when we approach our daily tasks. Every organization is different and so is its impact on the environment. Those that hold an ISO 14001:2015 certification ensures they are being good stewards of our environment.
An ISO 14001 certification ensures that there is “a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system,” per the International Standards Organization (ISO). “Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.”
A workplace can be affected by company moral, especially when it is low. Allowing employees to see and experience firsthand an organization that has processes and procedures in place to protect the environment not only boosts moral but has been shown to improve the corporate image to its customers and to the public. When employees take part in company improvements, they are more apt to engage in other aspects of the company. In fact, when potential job candidates are given the option to work for a company that shows they care and are concerned with the environment over one that does not, the majority prefer the first. Employees who are involved in a group effort to decrease the company’s environmental footprint will often have an increased employee focus and retention, and it is simpler and less costly to keep employees than it is to recruit and train new ones.
Organizations using ISO 14001 have found success across a range of areas, including:
- Reduced energy and water consumption
- A more systematic approach to legal compliance
- Improved overall environmental performance
As we acknowledge the significance of each person and organization to participate in being good stewards of our environment, our goal is that you understand the benefits of obtaining ISO 14001 certification and remember to do your part to care for Mother Earth.
This year, the theme is “delivering confidence in construction and the built environment.” Construction companies and distributors are impacted by advances in manufacturing technologies, construction techniques, and rapid urbanization. Risk mitigation in construction is critical as structural failures, natural disasters, and material quality are all factors to be considered. Accreditation standards allow for companies to prepare for and assess how to mitigate all potential risks in the built environment.
As a result, accreditation is essential to providing assurance that construction projects are safe, secure, and sustainable. Accreditation does this through systems that help increase efficiency, manage risk, and determine compliance with regulations. Some of the management standards that pertain to construction as well as to a wide variety of industries are: ISO 9001 – for quality management systems; ISO 14001 – for environmental management and; OHSAS 18001 – for occupational health and safety.
In coordination with World Accreditation Day, events, media coverage, and workshops will occur in more than 100 countries globally to bring attention to the impact of accreditation. Ultimately, accreditation can be thought of as a common language used to examine and discuss issues related to environmental, safety and quality management.
SimpleQuE assists organizations with implementation, improvement or transition of these standards by providing customized consulting, training and internal auditing services and solutions. Contact us for more information.