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 supply disruptions, we’ve summarized the latest updates from IATF®, AIAG and OEMs that will impact IATF 16949® certified automotive suppliers. Our automotive experts will be sharing their insights on these changes in our blogs.

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IATF®(International Automotive Task Force) 2024 Updates

The new Rules 6th Edition was published on March 31, 2024 (and is effective January 2025, giving companies 9 months to implement).  This publication provides the guidelines for Certification Bodies (CB) recognized by IATF® to conduct IATF 16949® audits and issue certificates. While it is written for CB auditors, it offers insight into the requirements and their application, as well as the auditing and certification process for IATF 16949®One of the significant changes is performance and risk-based audit days instead of the current method, which is based on employee count. Read more about Rules 6th – Highlights From the 2023 AIAG Quality Summit Including IATF 16949® Updates.

What’s included in the Rules 6th Edition? 

  • An improved IATF 16949® certification scheme
  • Clarification of the requirements and IATF® intentions
  • Rules 5th Edition Sanctioned Interpretations and Frequently Asked Questions are incorporated
  • Changes in eligibility requirements for IATF 16949® certification
  • New and improved processes, approaches, and requirements, including a new requirement for audit planning

Work on IATF 16949® 2nd edition has been delayed, since ISO 9001 is expected to be updated (with a target release date of Q4 of 2025) and is the baseline for IATF 16949®.  In the meantime, IATF® is already reviewing and prioritizing a list of topics to consider for the new edition.   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 – Highlights From the 2023 AIAG Quality Summit Including IATF 16949® Updates

In March 2024 the IATF® announced that manufacturers of electric vehicle charging systems and their related components are now eligible for certification to IATF 16949® as an accessory part.

New Sanctioned Interpretations and FAQs

  • IATF 16949:2016 Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) – issued in May 2022, effective June 2022
    • SI #23 applies to (Conformance of products and processes) – adding conformance to material requirements.
    • SI #24 relates to Annex A.1 (Phases of the Control Plan) to add a Note for highly automated processes
    • SI #25  refers to Annex A.2 (Elements of the Control Plan)
  • IATF 16949:2016 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – revised and issued in May 2022
    • FAQ #29 is related to (Contingency Plans) and answers the question, “What are the key steps for developing effective contingency plans?”

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AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) Updates

The 3rd edition APQP and 1st edition Control Plan Core Tools manuals are published in March 2024 by AIAG and available for purchase. Compliance to the newly revised reference manuals will be determined by the customers via their Customer Specific Requirements. (GM and Stellantis have indicated an implementation date of September 1, 2024.) Learn more about the changes.

AIAG is offering a free publication – the 2022 Automotive Industry Guiding Principles to Enhance Sustainability Performance in the Supply Chain, (along with the revised Guiding Principles, which addresses the latest trends and industry expectations for supply chain sustainability.) Click here to download these updated documents.

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 was released in April 2022.  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.

The new CQI-30 was released on September 2022.  CQI-30 Special Process: Rubber Processing System Assessment – Mixing & Molding provides a common approach to a rubber mixing and molding management system for automotive production and service part organizations.


New OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) 2021-2024 Requirements

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

See the entire list of OEM Customer Specific Requirements and 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.



SimpleQuE is not associated with the IATF®, IAOB, ANAB®, IAQG®, and is not a certification body. SimpleQuE is an independent consulting, training, and second-party auditing service provider that assists a company on a path for the company to obtain and maintain certification through accredited certification bodies.


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