LRQA has been granted an extension of its automotive accreditation to now include IATF 16949:2016 (Rules 5th ed.), the new international quality management system (QMS) standard for organisations in the automotive industry.
Published in October 2016, IATF 16949:2016 is replacing the current ISO/TS 16949:2009. It is based on the requirements and structure of international QMS standard ISO 9001:2015 and introduces a number of essential automotive-specific revisions designed to encourage industry-wide continual improvement.
Organisations currently certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 are required to successfully transition to the revised standard by September 2018 - transition audits will be carried out in line with the organisation's current scheduled recertification or surveillance audit. After October 2017 all audits must be conducted to IATF 16949:2016 and any organisations seeking initial certification will need to use the revised standard.
Kevin How, Automotive Technical Manager at LRQA commented: "The publication of IATF 16949:2016 is a game changer in the world of management system auditing because it raises the bar regarding expectations for audits to reflect systemic weaknesses that affect performance, thereby leading to continual improvement for the many thousands of organisations within the automotive sector. The extension to our automotive accreditation to include IATF 16949:2016 is a significant milestone which marks the start of LRQA providing transition audits to our many automotive clients around the world."
With some of the world's leading standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of assessment and training services, all aimed at helping to ensure that organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards. For more information email us or find out more about IATF 16949:2016.