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:

At the April 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.


New Sanctioned Interpretations and FAQs are in effect for:

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.

Rules 5th Edition Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) #26-28 – issued in February 2021, effective 30 June 2021

Three new SIs 26-28 are introduced which clarify how to add audit time to certified organizations who are Tier 1 suppliers to an IATF® OEM. If these Tier 1 suppliers are not meeting the specified IATF® OEM quality and delivery performance targets, they will have time added to their audit.


IATF 16949:2016 Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) – issued in April 2021 , effective June 2021

SI #10 for IATF 16949:2016 has been revised and pertains to section (External Laboratory).  

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).


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

See the entire list of OEM Quick Reference Guides.

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