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

The Latest IATF 16949® Automotive Supplier 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.

AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) 2021 Updates

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.

IATF®(International Automotive Task Force) 2021 Updates

New OEM Voting Member

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

  • 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) #29 – issued in June 2021, effective July 1, 2021
    • Revised and reissued SI 9 and 10 (related to the Foreword and section 5.8 – Conducting onsite audit activities)
    • Revised SI 20 and  released new SI 29 (related to section 5.14 – Letter of Conformance) 
  • 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® 6th Revision of COVID-19 Measures

The 6th revision of the IATF Measures Coronavirus Pandemic COVID-19 was released on June 1, 2021.  This revision includes two new FAQs (numbers 10 and 11) and best practices for remote audits.  Also, on pages 11, 15, and 26 some minor clarifications were introduced. Although all certificate expiration dates were extended 6 months in the IATF® database, the audit timing requirements per IATF® Rules 5th are not extended.

Initially released in March 2020, these measures were created 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 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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New OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) 2021 Requirements

BMW Group, Stellantis (FCA, PSA), Ford, GM and Groupe Renault

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 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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