How long is the certification valid?
The certificate IATF 16949 is awarded upon successful completion of the certification process. It is valid for three years and must be confirmed every year by a monitoring audit.
IATF 16949 is the most important internationally recognized set of rules for quality management in the automotive industry.
In this sector in particular, it is essential that certain requirements are met throughout the entire supply chain. This not only improves product quality, but also contributes to process optimization. Based on ISO 9001, IATF 16949 is specially tailored to the additional requirements of the automotive industry. The focus is on continuous improvement and the avoidance of errors. Therefore, it is common practice for vehicle manufacturers to demand that their suppliers are certified to IATF 16949 before they can start working for the manufacturer.
The certification procedure consists of an on-site readiness assessment in advance and a subsequent on-site company audit. In particular, the requirements of IATF 16949 are tested and assessed:
For detailed information, please refer to the current version of the technical specifications.
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