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 blog.

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IATF®(International Automotive Task Force) 2023 Updates

Rules 6 will be out later in 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 on IATF 16949® 2nd edition has been pushed out to 2023, with release anticipated for the 2nd half of 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

The IATF Complaint Management System (IATF CMS) was launched on March 31, 2022.  It is an online tool that provides a standard template and approach for the submission and management of performance complaints against IATF 16949® certified companies. The workflow process requires the customer, certification body to the supplier and the supplier to be engaged in resolving the performance issue.

New Sanctioned Interpretations and FAQs

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.

A little background:  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 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.

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

New OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) 2021-2023 Requirements

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



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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