IATF 16949 (previously named ISO/TS 16949) is a quality management system for suppliers in automotive industry. It is based on ISO 9001.
The ISO 9001 requirements include about 130 additional requirements specific to the automotive industry.
The standard was developed and maintained by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), whose members include all major car manufacturers.
The standard specifies the requirements of the quality management system for the design / development, production, assembly and servicing of automotive products.
With the new edition of ISO 9001 in 2015, the unification of the structure of all management systems began; a common improvement over time in terms of the PDCA (Plan – Do – Check – Act or Plan – Execute – Check – Act) cycle. In the new structure, this cycle is more clearly linked to the chapters or sections of standards.
According to ISO 9001, tools are required in IATF 16949 to help prevent errors and reduce variations and discrepancies in all processes and at all levels of the organization.