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The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has recently published the new global industry standard IATF 16949:2016. This standard supersedes and replaces ISO/TS 16949:2009 as the new standard for quality management in the automotive industry.

IATF 16949:2016 has evolved from its predecessor (ISO/TS 16949:2009) and it has been developed with the participation and feedback of numerous organizations in the industry (OEMs, auditors, certification bodies, etc) including those in the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).  



Because the automotive industry has changed in the last few years and there has been many technological advances and an increase for safety concerns, the changes of this new standard include solutions to recent problems and concerns in the industry. Some of the main changes include:

Risk management and safety

The new IATF 16949:2016 includes specific requirements to address risk management. They aim at identifying and mitigation risk to reduce failures in the development of new programs and to enhance the execution of planned activities.

Also, the new standard requires organizations to have processes that will ensure product safety through the entire lifecycle of products.

These best practices are aimed to support a safer and more stable industry.

Customer specific requirements

This standard clearly differentiates customer requirements from Customer-specific requirements (CSR) to avoid misunderstanding and specifies the procedures for addressing them.

Product traceability

IATF 16949:2016 includes improvement of the traceability requirements of products to support regulatory changes that apply to the industry.

Specific requirements for products with embedded software

With technology advances, electronics and software are now incorporated into vehicles, which is something that did not happen before; thus the standard now explicitly addresses these electronics and software systems that are being embedded into vehicles.

Warranty management

The standard introduces requirements related to the warranty management process that includes procedures to address No Trouble Found (NTF).

Clear requirements for managing second level suppliers

The standard requires that organizations ensure conformance of products, processes and services throughout their supply chain. Hence, organizations must manage conformity issues across their supply chain.

Incorporation of corporate responsibility requirements

Organizations are required to implement corporate responsibility policies and initiatives that address bribery and other ethical issues.

Alignment with ISO 9001:2015

This standard is fully aligned with ISO 9001:2015 and it needs to be implemented to complement it.  IATF 16949:2016 is not an independent quality management standard, thus those organizations seeking to be certified with this standard, also need to comply with all ISO 9001:2015 requirements. However, unlike ISO/TS 16949, IATF 16949:2016 does not contain the ISO 9001:2015 text, it only contains the additional requirements specific to the automotive industry.

These are the main changes included in IATF 16949:2016. Those organizations required to transition to it, such as suppliers that manufacture parts for the industry, must examine it carefully and fully understand all its requirements.  The transition process must be completed by September 14 2018.

To find a Registrar who can assist with your transition to IATF 16949:2016 visit the ISO Update Registrar Directory



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Implementing a Quality Management System board could transform your business into a lean, competitive & trend setting company, saving you thousands of dollars as a result. If you are sceptical about the potential of implementing a Quality Management System, or if you in fact see it as extra unnecessary expense, here are just a few reasons why Quality Management is important within your organisation:

1. Communication

When focusing on Quality within your business, you begin to communicate with your customers to ensure that you meet their requirements, through either the products or services you provide. Meaning, you listen to what they need. You may realise that you have been making items that were not fit for purpose or, items which were not adaptable to changing customer requirements. Taking on this new information, you can now create what your customer specifically requires, improving their satisfaction with your products & services.




2. Organization

While implementing a Quality System into your business will take plenty of work, once procedures and processes are in place, things will begin to feel ‘organized’ within your business. Levels of communication automatically rise as procedures are followed and teams work together across various departments to establish and maintain quality. Organisation greatly improves employee morale and eliminates divisions across management tiers, as everyone must work together and take responsibility for their own actions.

3. Measurability

Implementing a Quality Management System means taking quantitative measurements of activities within your business, for example percentages of on-time deliveries and non-conforming parts. These measurements provide tangible benchmarks by which improvement can be determined. Measurements can be taken daily, weekly or monthly etc. Having this vital information leaves power with management to recognise when action is necessary to address unsatisfactory results and to implement changes.

4. Structure

Implementing a Quality Management System within your business creates a self-assessing system which creates improvements within your business. You are more in control of your systems and processes because you have defined them, documented them and monitored/measured and reviewed them. With this structure in place you can become compliant with many quality standards which are relevant to your type of business such as CE marking, ISO9001:2015 and ISO 14001. Because your system is now able to comply with such standards your business will have opportunities for growth and expansion into new markets.



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Valid certificates covered by eleven international standards increased by 8% from the preceding year according to the annual survey of ISO Certifications conducted by the International Organization for Standardization. They were a total of 1,644,357 valid certificates were reported for the eleven standards used in the survey.

The eleven standards include: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, ISO 27001, ISO 22000, IS/TS 16949, ISO 13485, ISO 22301, ISO 20000-1, ISO 28000 and ISO 39001.



ISO 9001, the most widely used standard of the eleven had 1,106,356 valid certificates in place. This was an increase of 7% compared to the year before. According to the survey, 7.3% of the certificates were issued top the new 2015 version.

A total of 346,189 valid certificates were reported in the survey for ISO 14001 of which 6.7% were issued to the new 2015 standard.

The greatest increase was with ISO 50001, Energy Management, which saw an increase of 69% over the past year. A total of 20,216 valid certificates were issued throughout the world. The top five countries were: Germany, France, UK, Italy and China. Germany had 6874 valid certificates while the United States 180, Mexico 11 and Canada 12.

Another large increase was ISO 20000-1 for Service Management in information technology that increase by 63% over the past year (2016 over 2015). A total of 4,537 valid certificates were issued throughout the world. The top five countries were: China, India, Japan, UK and Spain. China had 1666 valid certificates while the United States 175, Mexico 98 and Canada 4.

ISO/IEC 27001 experienced annual growth of twenty percent compared to the same period the prior year. A total of 33,310 valid certificates were reported worldwide. Top countries were: Japan (8945), UK, India, China and Germany. United states had 1115 valid certificates while Canada had 133 and Mexico 260.



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The 2015 revision of ISO 9001 has removed the requirement of a Quality Manual, something that has been needed historically if your organization has wanted to achieve and maintain certification. This requirement appears no more! Woohoo! Shred those Quality Manuals and never look back!

Right? If the standard doesn’t say we need it, then we don’t need it. One less document to maintain. Finally, life as an ISO 9001 certified company is getting easier!

Let’s hold on a second…

A common practice to create and maintain a Quality Manual for the ISO 9001:2008 standard (and earlier versions) was to create an exact copy of the verbiage in the standard, change all of the “shall” words with “will” or similar term that fits, change all references to “the organization” to the name of your company, slap a few logos on it, give it a control number and publish it.

And then…nothing. Let it sit for years until the new standard is published and then repeat this copy-paste process all over again. That practice, although common, doesn’t help anyone.



It’s Time to Re-Think the Manual

Now is the perfect time to rethink the Quality Manual. Take a step back and really consider what a manual should do for your company – provide the framework for your entire management system. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Start thinking about the manual as something you can hand to a new employee that will help give them an introduction and overview as to how you do business – in plain English with the terms and acronyms that are used in your company – not in “standard speak”. Build this manual within the framework of the standard but in a way where the general employee won’t know it.
  2. Rename the Quality Manual. I don’t know how many times I have heard a Quality Manager complain about their organization’s culture viewing the management system as something separate from how business is done, as in, “the quality stuff is for the auditor”. Start dissolving that problem today – change the name to Business Manual. Because that is what it is – a document that describes how you do business. And we all know, well executed business processes result in top notch quality.
  3. Keep that thing updated! Considering many Quality Manuals were nearly a carbon copy of the actual standard language it was understandable that Quality Manual revisions were uncommon as well. In order to make this Business Manual an ally, it needs to be current.


Keeping your Business Manual Current

Even if your ISO Certified Company has a thorough and accurate Manual for the previous year, it is still very important to keep this document up to date. Here are some things to watch out for that may trigger the need for an update.

  1. Significant changes to business structure or business processes. Keep in tune to changing reporting structures, new processes (manufacturing or service), acquisitions, partnerships, etc.
  2. Rules and Regulations. International rules and regulations are fluid, and it is vital to integrate such changes into business operations. Any change in an Industrial Standard, big or small, could necessitate a change for your employees, external providers, managers, or customers.
  3. Technology. Technology changes very fast and new systems are installed yearly, monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily. Technology changes can come in various forms: hardware, software, machines, equipment, etc.
  4. Safety. Changes to the physical building structure, layout and environment happen as time goes on and ensuring the manual stays up to date with these changes will assist with the awareness of the safety rules and conditions to ensure a safe work environment.

So, there are some things to think about. Even though the Quality Manual is not mandatory, it is still very much necessary. Use this opportunity to increase the role of the Manual within your business management system.


Christopher Spranger is the owner and CEO of Spranger Business Solutions; a management consulting firm that helps people run more efficient businesses across the United States. They have a team of Quality Management experts that assist companies with internal audits and in achieving Quality Management System Certification.

Interested in having Spranger Business Solution do your internal audits click here.

This article was originally posted on Spranger Business Solutions website and is published here with permission.



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Today’s organizational environment is filled with constant and rapid change; technology changes with the blink of an eye, competition is increasing, and customers are demanding greater quality and lower costs. To adapt to these changes and still meet their goals, organizations need to be efficient. Efficiency requires an overall approach and cannot be reached by focusing on a particular process, or on a specific area within an organization. Being complex systems, organisations require all employees and all every process to function correctly. When employees have a strong sense of belonging with an organization, pride in their work and where participation and team work is promoted high levels of efficiency are reached.

Total Quality Management is a business philosophy which focuses on customer satisfaction and relies on an understanding that a strong focus on employees is necessary to achieve efficiency within an organization. Total Quality Management is oriented to create quality awareness across an organization, and it considers both the organization’s processes and the employees as integral aspect in an organization quality improvement capacity.



Total Quality Management promotes commitment, participation, cooperation and continuous improvement within organizations. Because every employee and every process is important in achieving organizational effectiveness, Total Quality Management can assist in this matter by empowering all employees and making everyone responsible for meeting internal and external costumer’s expectation. Every employee, regardless of its role within the organization can improve quality within their processes.

Total Quality Management can also help organizations achieve effectiveness is by encouraging a dynamic approach to quality improvement. Variations can occur within processes that can negatively alter the desired results. These variations need to be detected, communicated and addressed promptly to prevent deviations from proposed goals. Therefore Total Quality Management, by encouraging team work and empowering employees to make decisions, can facilitate good communication and an effective response within and across different functional units within an organization.

Organizational effectiveness is reached by achieving common goals. Since internal and external customer’s expectations drive organization’s processes, by meeting and exceeding these expectations, organizations can reach their goals and also obtain a competitive advantage.

Many organizations can utilize Total Quality Management to increase their efficiency. Total Quality Management has been implemented in manufacturing, education, government administration and services. Any type of organization can benefit from Total Quality Management and use it to adapt to constant changes, improve their effectiveness and thus increase competitiveness.



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1. Research the Standards
Implementing an ISO management system is not something that is decided overnight. Organizations need to know what they are implementing, thus, there needs to be an understanding of the standard and what it’s expected to be gained with its implementation. Everyone in the organization needs to have basic knowledge of the standard being implemented, the importance of implementing it, and how their actions impacts the system. It is also recommended that a group of employees understand the standard thoroughly. Top management, even though they don’t necessarily need to be experts, they need to understand the importance of allocating resources for the implementation and maintenance of the desired ISO management system. Learn more about specific standards.



2. Create a Timeframe
After understanding the requirements of the standard, organizations need to plan how these will be met. The organization needs to analyse where they are, where they want to be and which are the available resources. With this information a plan must be traced with details of the specific actions, investments and the resources needed. Another important point in the planning process is establishing reasonable timelines; implementing a management system based on any ISO standard.

3. Gain Employee and Management Support
Organizations need to ensure that employees have the right competencies and technical knowledge for implementing the specific ISO management system. Training needs to be carefully planned and executed. Human capital is one of the most important resources an organization has for successfully implementing and certifying an ISO management system. Along with training employees, ensuring participation in the implementation and certification process is essential. Organizations can invest capital in infrastructure and technology, but if people do not participate in the improvement of processes, or worst, if people reject it, all the money and time invested will be lost. People need to be included from day one in the implementation and certification process of any ISO management system.

4. Implement the Standard
The next step it to map and understanding your organizations internal processes. Once the processes are mapped the standard you are utilizing can be implemented into these processes. You may wish to engage a consultant to assist in this process, or if you have the recourses available it can be done internally.

5. Choose a Registration Company
After an organization has advanced in the implementation process, it needs to choose the right Registration Company. The chosen Registrar will accompany the organization through the entire certification process. It is essential that the certification body has knowledge and experience in the ISO standard that has been implemented and in the type of industry/field of the organization seeking certification. Look for a Registration company who is certified themselves. Find a range of Registration companies.



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ISO Certification

Organizations go through a great deal of work, time and effort to implement management systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and many others. These management systems are implemented and certified for many reasons, and one of these reasons is recognition. Organizations want their clients, customers, consumers and other interested parties to recognize that their management systems follow specific standards and comply with certain requirements.



When a certification body is accredited, it means that an accreditation body has verified that it follows a series of standards and requirements that guarantee that their service is impartial, consistent, reliable and recognized internationally. These strict and regular checks that certification bodies undergo provide trust and credibility to the certification. Thus, accredited certification can provide confidence to clients, customers, regulators and other interested parties that the organization is complying with the specific standard, code of conduct or requirement.

Additional to having a certification recognized by all the interested parties of an organization, there are other benefits of accredited certification. These are:

Ensures competency
Accreditation can guarantee that the certification body is competent in assessing specific standards. Organizations want to make sure that auditors are knowledgeable, experienced and that can provide an impartial assessment in the management system being certified.

Provides legitimacy

This legitimacy is based on the participation and recognition of public authorities in the structure of the accreditation body, which follow strict international regulations.

Ensures equality of criteria

The regular checks of the certification body can guarantee that over the years the organization’s management system will be assessed by the same criteria. This equality of criteria will assist in the maturity of the management system, by supporting its continuous improvement, innovation and internal prestige. It can also support organizations in focusing on the achievement of proposed goals.

Reduces risks

Organizations rely on the outcome of their certification body’s assessment to make important decisions regarding their management system. Thus, it reduces the probability of making bad decisions regarding the management system and misallocating resources.
In general, with accredited certification it is possible to ensure legal compliance, guarantee objective and impartial assessments, ensure confidence and credibility with interested parties, focus on activities that add value, focus on what is important to the interests of the organization, and improve the assessment of the management system that will consequently support decision making.

These are the main reasons for choosing accredited certification, however, there could be others. There could be the case that a client or a regulatory body requires an organization to have an accredited certification. Thus, before choosing, organizations need to consider the above benefits and any other that could apply to their particular situation and their specific goals.

There are many accredited Registrars’ listed on the ISO Update Registrar Directory. Fine one here: http://isoupdate.com/registrar-listing/



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Quality Management System Standards refers to an established policy framework which provides guidance on how organizations should manage their key processes. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has diversified standards for quality management systems, each of which focuses on a particular issue affecting businesses globally. Organizations who adhere to these standards can ensure their products and services consistently meet customer requirement, and improve in quality. Therefore, adhering to these guidelines and obtaining ISO Certification is vital for measuring business proficiency, increasing profitability and marketing potential.



Elements of a Quality Management System

Quality Management System Standards are tailored to suit an organization’s unique needs, however there are some elements all management systems have in common:

  • A framework of Management Responsibility
  • Product Realization
  • Resource Management
  • Statistical Analytics
  • Purchasing Guidelines
  • Inspection and Testing Standards
  • Quality Records
  • Training Protocols
  • Quality Audits

Why businesses implement quality management system standards:
ISO standards are currently applied in many organizations from a wide range of industries including; manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and pharmaceuticals. For many organizations, the choice to implement ISO Standards is twofold; they are seeking improved quality, profitability and efficiency but it is often, a requirement from their customers or consumers. Particularly internationally-focused businesses with regulatory bodies or for suppliers of quality-sensitive products products.
Benefits of Quality Management System Standards
Even when it is not a specific requirement from customers, there are still many benefits in implementing Quality Management System standards. Implementing a quality management system helps organizations achieve the following benefits;

  • Products, systems, and processes improvements
  • Increased customer service and satisfaction
  • A greater competitive advantage
  • Transparency in accountability
  • Increase market share potential
  • New avenues for marketing
  • Streamlined efficiency
  • Growth Management
  • Reduction in mistakes which improve margins
  • Greater consistency and time management
  • Development of training opportunities


Establishing a Quality Management System

Establishing a Quality Management System is a large undertaking. Written quality procedures which outline, what, who, where, when and how changes need to be implemented will be created. Working with a Quality Management Consultant is a great way to streamline the process. You can find a list of ISO Certified and Quality Management Consultants on the Consultant Listings page of ISO Update http://isoupdate.com/consultant-listing



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One of the key requirements of ISO 9001:2015 is to ensure you have a process based management system. Globally companies are looking for new strategies that can give them a competitive advantage and adopting this approach is one of the most effective ways.



One of the great benefits offered by a process based management system is it can be implemented in a gradual way. It is possible to start with certain processes or projects which serve as a starting point to extend a quality management system to the entire organization gradually.

1. Identify and sequence processes
Firstly, identify all the different types of processes which occur within the organization. These processes may be strategic, operational or support based. Once the processes are identified the impact they have on the organizations needs to be determined so the processes with the most significant impact or organizational value can be prioritized.

The next step is to document the sequence of these processes in order to observe the input and output elements of each process and the interaction between them. The best way to visualize all this information is through a graphical representation, a process map.

2. Describe and document the processes
Describe the different processes by documenting the activities which make up the process, and the key characteristics of the process. By understanding the process clearly its management and future improvement can be facilitated. Process documentation can be presented in a written or graphical way, through flowcharts which outline the existing relationships. Process tabs can also be used where information necessary for the control of the processes is detailed.

3. Establish measures
Establish indicators and controls to determine how affective processes are. Monitor the indicators throughout the process and document the results

4. Improve the processes
Analyses the results achieved along with the process indicators to understand whether the process has in fact achieved its purposes and if it is possible to improve that process.



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If your organization implements multiple ISO Standards and Quality Systems, automating and integrating these systems with an Integrated Management System is critical for maximizing business efficacy and eliminating workload duplication.

When an organization does not utilize an Integrated Management System the following issues may arise:

  • No simple and automated system to raise a finding which results in:
    • Recurrence of non-conformities
    • Products and services losing quality and credibility to stakeholders
    • Management systems losing all their preventive and corrective efficacy
  • Delays in the management and consolidation of indicators leading to:
    • A loss in productivity
    • A loss of credibility of information reporting systems
    • Erroneous decision making through incorrect data
  • Workload duplication causing:
    • Management Coordinators spends too much time managing the system.
    • A reduction in time-oriented improvement
    • Low motivation due to excessively bureaucratic work
  • Limited communication of system changes which leads to:
    • A lack of control, disorganization, lack of communication
    • Non-conformity in the system produced by documentary errors.
    • Low credibility of our management system against employees, management, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
  • Little control of the information generated in the different locations resulting in:
    • Decrease in control by the manager of the management system.
    • Inability to integrate information
  • Excessive time to apply surveys to customers
  • Revenue loss due to reoccurrence of errors
  • Lack of exhaustive analysis of the records and information generated by the system

    Automating and integrating ISO management systems have extensive business benefits including:

    • Simplifies document management which facilitates the deletion of redundant information and prevents duplication of documents and tasks.
    • Facilitates unification of the methods defined by the organization both for internal and external communication,
    • Unification of Training Plan methodologies
    • Streamlines processes for assessments and certification
    • Strengthens the foundations of continuous improvement
    • Reduction of the time spent in conducting audits

    To find a consultant who can assist your business with the integration of multiple standards into an Integrated Management System visit the Consultants Listings page on ISO Update http://isoupdate.com/consultant-listing