The Latest IATF 16949® Automotive Supplier Updates From IATF®, AIAG and OEMs

The Latest IATF 16949® Automotive Supplier Updates From IATF, AIAG, and OEMs

The Latest Updates from IATF®, AIAG and OEMs

As many changes are occurring in the automotive quality industry, especially due to the effects of COVID-19, we’ve summarized the latest updates from IATF®, AIAG and OEMs that will impact IATF 16949® certified automotive suppliers.


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IATF®(International Automotive Task Force) 2022 Updates

Rules 6 will be out July/Aug. 2022, and effective January 2023.  This guide establishes the rules for achieving and maintaining IATF® recognition and will include best practices.  One of the significant changes being considered is performance and risk-based audit days instead of the current method, which is based on employee count. 

Work will begin on IATF 16949® 2nd edition in July 2022 with a draft planned for Fall 2023, and release in Jan. 2024. (Historically companies have been given 3 years to upgrade to the new standard after it is published.)  It will incorporate the Sanctioned Interpretations and possibly incorporate universal CSRs if all 10 member manufacturers can consolidate them. The committee will also look at the digitalization of the QMS and its benefits.  Learn more about what is being considered in our blog – Electrify Your QMS! – Highlights from the 2021 AIAG Quality Summit and IATF® Updates

New OEM Voting Members

At the April 2021 Spring meeting, the IATF® welcomed Geely Group into the IATF® as an OEM voting member.  Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, the Geely Group will be the first Asia member to join the IATF®.

 The IATF® voted to welcome IVECO Group into the IATF® as an OEM voting member in the November 2021 meeting.  IVECO Group will be the first dedicated Heavy Truck and Commercial Vehicle member to join the IATF®.

New Sanctioned Interpretations and FAQs

  • Rules 5th Edition Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) #1-29issued on February 28, 2022
    • SI 9 & 10 have been revised and reissued
  • Rules 5th Edition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs ) #1-7 – issued on March 3, 2021
    • FAQ #7 was added and relates to section 5.2 (Audit Day Determination) to clarify additional time may be necessary to allow for verification of previous nonconformities during a transfer audit.
  • IATF 16949:2016 Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) – issued in July 2021
    • SI #10 for IATF 16949:2016 has been revised and reissued and pertains to section (External Laboratory) – effective August 2021
    • SI #3 related to (Contingency Plans) has been revised to include pandemics and development and implementation of employee training/awareness in contingency plans – effective November 2021
    • SI #21 this is a new SI regarding (Risk Analysis) – Organizations need to consider cyber-attacks in their risk analysis – effective November 2021
    • SI #22 also new for 7.2.1 (Competence – supplemental) – Employee knowledge and training to include identifying potential equipment failure and cyber-attacks – effective November 2021
  • IATF 16949:2016 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – issued in April 2021 , effective June 2021
    • FAQ #7 for IATF 16949:2016 also pertains to (External Laboratory).

IATF® 7th Revision of COVID-19 Measures

Effective February 1, 2022, the 7th Revision of the IATF Measures Coronavirus Pandemic COVID-19 document incorporates the following updates:

  • Revised requirements to add time for remote audits
  • New requirements added to clarify that the certification decisions shall be made prior to the original expiration date of the existing certificate
  • New requirement added to clarify when to cancel certificates that were granted a global six (6) months extension
  • Clarified applicability of audit days reduction associated with a Letter of Conformance after a remote initial audit
  • Clarified that Stage 1 is a Readiness Review
  • Added new FAQ 12
  • Clarified in Annex A which topics are for the opening meeting agenda of remotely conducted audits
  • Requirements previously contained within Revision 4 have been moved to a linked separate document for historical reference.

IATF Measures Coronavirus Pandemic COVID-19  was initially released in March 2020, due to the surge of COVID-19 cases around the world, and the IATF® is allowing remote auditing for organizations/sites that are directly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, and where it is demonstrably evident that a regular onsite audit will not be possible.  A Remote Auditing section was added, including audit day calculation audit planning and conducting the remote audit. The Annex A IATF Remote Audit Requirements was also incorporated.  Download the 7th revision of the document for all revisions and updates which are highlighted in red.

Note that:  the IATF® requires that audits due from January 1, 2021 forward be conducted onsite or remotely and the certification body can no longer apply the conditions and waivers described in the previous revisions of this document. Special conditions do apply if the organization is not operating or not manufacturing automotive products when the audit is due. Check with your Certification Body if you have questions about your audit details.

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AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) Updates

AIAG has created two video series as free resources to help with understanding CQI-11 and CQI-12 assessments

  • CQI-12 videos– 6 short videos for the various Coating System Assessment sections
  • CQI-11 videos – 6 short videos for the various Plating System Assessment sections

CQI-14 4th edition will be released by the end of 2021.  This revision recognizes the changing vehicle architecture and will help address reduced warranty incidences with more complex vehicle integrations through updated warranty management and effective field claim problem-solving.

Read more in our blog – Electrify Your QMS! – Highlights from the 2021 AIAG Quality Summit and IATF® Updates

New OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) 2021-2022 Requirements

BMW Group, Stellantis (FCA, PSA), Ford, GM and Groupe Renault, Mercedes-Benz, Geely Group, Volkswagon Group

See the entire list of OEM Quick Reference Guides.

One last reminder – if your company is struggling to get an internal audit scheduled this year, consider outsourcing it to simpleQuE. Our audits (remote or on-site) can keep you (and even your suppliers) on track.



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