The IATF 16949 is an internationally recognized standard that deals with establishing a quality management system for the automotive industry. It’s a standard that many will notice doesn’t carry the ISO name behind it. The International Standards Organization was instrumental in providing a baseline for the standard, but it was developed and implemented by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). Despite the difference in name, the standard is just as well-respected as any other ISO standard and is treated the same. Automotive manufacturers stand to benefit from implementing the system, as it improves their process efficiency and focuses on reducing defects in the manufacture of components.
The IATF used the ISO 9001 standard as its baseline for developing the IATF 16949 standard. Just like other ISO standards, it deals with offering a methodology for continual improvement of processes. The IATF is a group of stakeholders for the automotive industry. Concerned with the industry’s lack of standards, these companies got together to develop a standard that would apply to the industry as a whole. The aim was to establish a system that dealt with ensuring the quality of products from manufacturers. This standard, in theory, would result in fewer safety problems due to defective parts and less loss of revenue through product recalls. The IATF 16949 addresses all of these shortfalls by providing a standard that automotive companies can use to maintain consistency in the quality of their products.