Transition to IATF 16949 with simpleQuE

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The new IATF 16949:2016 standard, was released October 1, and will be available for purchase October 3.  The new Rules 5th Edition will be available for purchase November 1.

There is a very short timeline to implement the new standard. The advice and transition strategy from the IAOB states that audits after October 1, 2017 must be to the new IATF 16949 standard. However, some certification bodies are accelerating that timeline and are requiring audits to be done sooner. Communicate with your Certification Body on your business’s specific timing.

SimpleQuE’s Internal Auditor Training and IATF 16949 Requirements/Implementation training has been in development pending the release of the final standard, which have had some significant changes from the draft we received in April.

Michelle Maxwell of the IAOB, along with GM, Ford and FCA US (Chrysler) presented the following transition strategy, which along with other IAOB presented materials, will be available on our website next week at   

Transition Strategy

  1. Buy both IATF 16949 and ISO 9001:2015 standards.
  2. Perform a gap to IATF 16949 and ISO 9001:2015 and try to complete this before year-end. SimpleQuE is developing a gap checklist for IATF 16949 and already has one for ISO 9001:2015.
  3. Develop an action plan based on the gap results.
  4. Understand IATF’s Transition Strategy which was just revised October 3rd.
  5. Conduct a full internal audit to IATF 16949 and ISO 9001:2015, and Management Review prior to transition.
    1. Auditors must be qualified on the new requirements. What training evidence will you provide for auditor competence on IATF 16949 and ISO 9001:2015?
    2. Internal audits can be accomplished through a combination of previous internal system audits to IATF 16949 and a supplemental internal system audit(s) to cover the additional requirements of IATF 16949.  This approach would require some type of gap checklist to show the differences between standards being audited.
    3. Management review can be accomplished through a combination of a previous management reviews in compliance to TS and a supplemental management review in compliance with the additional requirements of IATF.
  6. Identify which “regularly scheduled certification body audit” in 2017 or 2018 will be your transition audit to IATF 16949
    1. A transition audit replaces the next regularly scheduled surveillance or recertification audit with your certification body.
    2. A transition audit to IATF can start as early as 1/1/17, but are mandatory starting October 1, 2017.  Any audit after 10/1/17 must be to the new standard. Some certification bodies may move up or accelerate this schedule.
  7. Transition or Upgrade audits will start a new 3 year cycle for the IATF certificate cycle and audit cycle (surveillances and recertifications).
  8. The certification body’s process will require advanced information prior to transition audit, otherwise audit time will be added to review this information on-site.
  9. Communicate with your Certification Body on plans for upgrade dates and lock it in to ensure you allocate resources internally to work toward the plan, and the Certification Body allocates the auditor resources which will be in short supply.

The team at simpleQuE offers pre-audit and gap audits and is prepared to help your business transition to this new standard. We are also pleased to offer copies of the new standard at a 50 percent discount off the $150 retail price.  Contact or call 740-305-0868 for hard copies. E-copies are not available and must be purchased at full price from

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