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

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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.

Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Updates:

To support automotive suppliers during the COVID-19 operational recovery, AIAG is extending free access to many of their quality and supply chain standards, industry tools and best practices.  These are available to members as well as non-members through June 2021. The resources include a Business Continuity Planning Toolkit, a Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan and a Global Supplier Visibility Map…and more.


International Automotive Task Force (IATF) Updates:

New Sanctioned Interpretations are in effect for:

Rules 5th Edition Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) #22-25 issued in December 2020, effective January 2021

As of January 2021 Certification Bodies must utilize a new IATF approved reporting called CARA (Common Audit Report Application).  CARA is a reporting tool that serves to manage the report content, standardizing audit report format across CBs.  Three new SIs are introduced and SI #11 and 14 are revised and reissued.

IATF 16949:2016 Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) #20 – issued in December 2020 , effective January 2021

The new SI #20 for IATF 16949 pertains to section 10.2.3 Problem Solving and is effective January 2021. It is important to note that prevention of recurrence is emphasized – The organization shall have a documented process(es) for problem solving, which prevent(s) recurrence…


The 5th revision of the IATF Measures Coronavirus Pandemic COVID-19 was released on October 30th. Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases around the world, the IATF is now 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 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.  Also, monitoring events are no longer permitted.  Check with your Certification Body if you have questions about your audit details.

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Ford, GM and Groupe Renault released new OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) requirements:


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


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