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IATF 16949 – Quality in the automotive industry

The automotive industry with its global activities stands for excellent process quality, continual improvement, and the power of innovation. IATF 16949:2016 is the technical specification for quality management systems applicable to suppliers in this industry sector. It was developed by a joint working group, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), with the objective of improving both quality capability and the entire certification process throughout the supply chain.

The Standard and its principles

Most of the Automotive OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) require evidence of a quality management system. Whether for SMEs or large corporations, a certificate to IATF 16949 is practically an entry ticket to this globally active industry. Companies certified to IATF 16949 improve the reliability and process-capability throughout the value-chain and help to avoid waste in the supply chain. That is why IATF 16949 is relevant for anybody working in the production or assembly fields of the automotive industry, or who is listed as a potential supplier.
The latest revision did more than simply align the standard with ISO 9001:2015, though; it also added a host of changes specific to automotive manufacturing, including traceability and management of safety-relevant parts.

Some key requirements:

  • Safety-relevant parts and processes
  • Traceability
  • Products with embedded software
  • Warranty management including No Trouble Found (NTF) process
  • Integration of customer-specific requirements in the QMS scope
  • Supplier selection, management, and development
  • Corporate responsibility policies
  • First and second-party auditors
  • Temporary changes in production process controls
High Level Structure

Since the structure of IATF 16949:2016 is aligned with the High Level Structure of ISO 9001:2015, this facilitates the integration of other important major management systems such as ISO 14001 for environmental management.

  1. Scope
  2. Normative reference
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation
  10. Improvement
Your benefits
  • Internationally recognized mark of quality in the automotive industry
  • Improved dependability and process capability in the value chain
  • Continuous process optimization and organizational improvement
  • Stronger error and safety management culture
  • Considerable trust and loyalty from customers
  • Greater competitiveness and improved image
Audit and Certification

As soon as your processes have been identified, recorded and implemented, and the effectiveness of your quality management system has been reviewed in internal audits and the results analyzed in a management review, you are ready for certification. We customize our plans to you, and we coordinate with you based on your individual circumstances, corporate objectives and success factors. Then your organization will undergo the classic DQS certification process: we will assign auditors with excellent knowledge of the standards, as well as many years of experience in the respective business sector.

The certification process begins with a site readiness review (Stage 1) that must be followed by a certification audit (Stage 2) within 90 days. Within another 15 days, the final report and the certificate are issued, if all requirements are met. If nonconformities are determined, the 90 days deadline for management of nonconformities starts, from the last audit day onsite. Corrective actions must be communicated to DQS sooner – within a maximum of 60 days. Certifications are renewed after three years; however, the recertification process must be performed early enough to address nonconformities before the existing certificate expires. For that reason, we recommend recertifying three months prior to certificate expiration.

DQS, with more than 30 years expertise, supports their clients in:

  • webinars
  • Seminars and training
  • Gap audits

To receive individual information about IATF 16949, please contact our office.

* The complete processing of automotive standards ISO/TS 16949:2009 and IATF 16949:2016 is handled exclusively by DQS Holding GmbH.

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VDA 6.1 / 6.2 / 6.4 – Quality Management for the Automotive Industry

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Cars are complex objects consisting of a multitude of high-value systems, components, and parts; the majority of them from the automotive supply industry. In order to ensure the reliability and safety of their vehicles, automotive manufacturers have long required that their suppliers demonstrate recognized proof of their quality capability. In order to standardize these demands, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has been developing the publication series Vol. VDA 6.x since 1996. They build upon an existing quality management system according to ISO 9001. No matter what parts you supply: the continually updated VDA volumes reliably cover all the various specializations. Our auditors and their automotive expertise offer you goal-oriented and value-adding auditing on the basis of internationally recognized quality standards. This is why DQS is the partner of choice for proof of quality based on the VDA volumes.

VDA 6.1 – The VDA Alternative to IATF’S ISO/TS 16949

VDA 6.1 is the correct standard if your company is involved in series production. It delivers the framework for a quality management system specifically suited to the automotive sector, promotes avoidance of mistakes and strengthens reliability and process capability in the value chain of your company. It also contains aspects of the European EFQM model.

VDA 6.2 – For Service Providers

VDA 6.2 is for you if your company offers services, e.g. a car dealership, a forwarding company or an engineering bureau. The requirements of this standard focus not only on the quality of your customer orientation, but also the continuous improvement of your internal services such as development or procurement. There is no international standard comparable to VDA 6.2.

VDA 6.4 – For Production Equipment Suppliers

VDA 6.4 applies to you if you are a manufacturer of production equipment for the automotive industry, for example machinery, facilities, tools, measuring and testing equipment. The standard corresponds in its structure to VDA 6.1, but is tailored to the special requirements of plant and machine manufacturers. There is no international equivalent to VDA 6.4.

How it works

Ideally, auditing according to any of the VDA standards is done on the basis of a certified quality management system according to ISO 9001. In this case, your company undergoes DQS’ classic evaluation process: from system analysis (stage 1) to system audit (stage 2), up to issuance of the certificate and annual surveillance audits. Building on this and depending on the VDA standard chosen, our auditors will conduct a value-adding system audit of all relevant areas of your company. Upon fulfillment of the requirements, you will receive the respective VDA certificate.

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TISAX – Information Security in the Automotive Industry

Universal recognition through mutual acceptance of joint assessments and exchange

So far, information security in the automotive industry has been strongly influenced by individual approaches – that is about to change. Service providers and suppliers must regularly prove to their customers that they meet the high-security requirements for data provided. So far, such assessments have been carried out mainly by the manufacturers themselves, which in the past repeatedly led to unnecessary multiplication. With TISAX (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange), there will be a joint assessment and exchange procedure in the future.


Are you a supplier or service provider for the automotive industry? If so, you need only one thing to assure customers that you are keeping their information secure – participation in the TISAX Exchange. All it takes is one assessment every 3 years.

The advantages of TISAX

  • Cross-company recognition of the assessment results among all TISAX participants
  • Greater confidence in certified service providers and suppliers
  • Avoids the need for multiple checks
  • Fewer misunderstandings due to the harmonized VDA-ISA test catalog
  • Mutual recognition in the TISAX network saves time and cost
  • Only one TISAX assessment every three years

How it works – Becoming a participant

Access to TISAX is via a subscriber registration, which takes place online on the TISAX portal. Registration is the prerequisite for being able to select a TISAX accredited audit service provider. Registered participants will receive a list of accredited providers from which they can freely choose. An organization may also register several locations and have a group assessment carried out. After an assessment by DQS based on VDA-ISA, information can be provided or obtained in TISAX.

Who is behind TISAX?

TISAX uses the ISA questionnaire compiled by the German Automotive Industry Association VDA based on essential aspects of ISO / IEC 27001. Recently, the VDA developed this into a common assessment and exchange procedure called TISAX, which is operated by ENX, an association of European car manufacturers, suppliers and associations.

DQS – your partner for TISAX assessment

To receive individual information about TISAX, please contact our office.

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