The purpose of the IATF 16949 technical specification is the development of a quality management system with the objective of continuous improvement, emphasizing the prevention of errors and the reduction of waste from the production phase. IATF 16949 is applied in the design / development phases of a new product, production and, where relevant, installation and service of products related to the automotive world. It is based on the ISO 9000 standard.
The requirements are applicable throughout the entire production chain. Recently also vehicle assembly plants are confronting the IATF 16949 certificate.
IATF 16949 was born out of the need to avoid the duality between requirements of VDA 6.1 (German Automotive), EAFQ (France), AVQS (Italy) … and QS-9000 (American Automotive). IATF 16949 is considered favorable to the previous management schemes, which it replaces. The current version of the specification is IATF 16949.