IATF 16949

Automotive Quality Management System

IATF is a widely recognised mark of quality that in many sectors is vital to winning new business. Many businesses who are IATF certified themselves will seek out suppliers with IATF 16949 certification.

What is IATF 16949?

IATF is the international standard for automotive quality management systems, demonstrating that procedures are in place to ensure the highest operational standards are met. Its aim is to prove that an organisation meets its own internal standards for quality and that these in turn meet international standards. IATF 16949 is based on process quality management principles which provide a structured yet flexible framework for ensuring your processes consistently meet the needs of your customers.

IATF 16949 can be applied to any size or type of business. It covers all aspects of an organisation’s processes and will apply to almost any business in the automotive supply chain.

Many such businesses have well established internal systems for maintaining standards but IATF 16949 proves to stakeholders and customers that quality systems are meeting international best practice.

Having your quality management system independently certified by 360 Certification Ltd will demonstrate your commitment to quality, best practice and continual improvement of your procedures. It will also provide assurance that your quality management system is operating efficiently and effectively, continually demonstrating cost savings and efficiencies year after year.

The benefits of IATF 16949 certification:


Improved customer satisfaction, through better quality and a more consistent service


A well understood, common system with consistent processes and less duplication of effort


Less waste through better management and operational processes (Six Sigma)


Improved risk process controls (SPC)


Improved failure mode analysis (FMEA)


Staff will understand their responsibilities, know what to do and how to do it as well as how their work affects quality


Reduced costs through improved efficiency and productivity (LEAN)


Better management control and reporting


Better customer and supplier relationships

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