IATF

IATF 16949:2016 was released by the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) during October 2016 to supersede and replace the current ISO/TS 16949. The IATF standards define the requirements of a quality management system for organizations involved the automotive industry. The new standard is a quality management standard for Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers as required by OEMs such as Ford, GM, and BMW. IATF 16949:2016 is not a singular automotive quality management standard, but is provided as a supplement to ISO 9001:2015.

Historically, ISO/TS 16949 was one of the most widely used international standards in the automotive industry. The standard, a technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems, harmonized the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.

IATF 16949 replaces ISO/TS 16949. The IATF standard includes enhancements specifically addressing risk management and safety. The enhancements are meant to keep up with changes in the electronics and software that are now being introduced into vehicles. Risk management language and embedded software language is throughout the standard, and IATF 16949:2016 also includes requirements around a total productive maintenance system.


Grand Rapids Label is fully committed to quality for our automotive clients and beyond. Our investment in IATF 16949:2016 benefits all of our clients and means quality is embedded into our every day.

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