Top 10 IATF 16949® Major Nonconformances

Top 10 IATF 16949® Major Audit Findings

This simpleQuE infographic shows the top 10 IATF 16949® major nonconformances as reported by all IATF® Certification Bodies from January – October 2020.  

10.2.1   Nonconformity and corrective action (ISO)1221
10.2.3   Problem solving943   Manufacturing process design output471   Control plan445
8.5.1  Control of production and service provision (ISO)444   Monitoring and measurement of processes365   Total productive maintenance317   Customer satisfaction315  Measurement systems analysis289   Contingency plans279


What Is A Major Nonconformity?

A major nonconformity occurs when there is a failure to meet a requirement as indicated by one or more of the following:

  • A significant nonconformity against the requirements of the ISO 9001 and/or IATF 16949® standard
  • A failure of a complete system
  • A significant quantity of minor nonconformities
  • The lack of existence of a standard or contract requirement
  • The absence or total breakdown of a system to meet a management system requirement
  • Any nonconformity that can result in the probable shipment of nonconforming products
  • A non-compliance that is likely to result in the failure of the QMS or to materially reduce its ability to ensure controlled processes and products

At the top of the Major Nonconformances chart are Corrective Action and Problem Solving which are foundational elements of any quality management system (QMS).  This indicates organizations still struggle to maintain a disciplined corrective action and problem-solving process. 

To address the top issues that trouble automotive suppliers, read our blog Top IATF 16949® Audit Findings and How to Address Them in the QMS.

SimpleQuE’s IATF 16949® experts have also created a free video series, IATF 16949® Audits – The Good, Bad & Ugly, for automotive suppliers who struggle with audit nonconformities. The twelve videos address the problem areas and share best practices to utilize, and critical areas to avoid, from the perspective of a Certification Body auditor.

SimpleQuE also offers support during and/or after the Certification Audit to provide the most effective and efficient method of establishing corrective actions for findings identified during the audit. We work with your team to assure root cause analysis and corrective action implementation to successfully close findings to obtain certification. Contact our IATF® consultants today for information about our services and on-site customized training classes for Root Cause Analysis and Problem SolvingProcess OwnershipCore Tools and more.

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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